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David Lynn V

David Lynn V was the son of Albert Cummins Lynn and Evelyn Meacham Lynn.  He was the 5th David Lynn since Judge David Lynn.  David was born December 9, 1905 in Washington D.C.


David's mother, Evelyn Meacham Lynn died on Oct. 29, 1913.  David was just 8 years old.  He and his sister, Rosamond were sent to live with their Aunt Maude Meacham Cox in Pickens, South Carolina.  They were both raised by their aunts (his mother's sisters) and never returned to live with their father, Albert.  A 1920 census shows David, age 14, living at his Uncle Cox's home in Pickens, South Carolina.

David worked his way through preparatory school, Emerson Institute in Washington D.C.  where he was the founder of Chi Theta Sigma.  David moved to his Uncle David's (Architect of the Capitol) home and served as a Page in the House of Representatives from May 19th to August 30, 1919 and again from April 11, 1921 to June 30, 1922.  Due to his Uncle's kindness and generosity, David was able to go to Law School and attended George Washington University where he earned his BA Degree and then attended National University where he earned his LLB graduating with honors in 1929.  As a student there, he was president of his legal fraternity Phi Beta Gamma, treasurer of his class, editor of the law school annual, "The Docket" and associate editor of the National University Law Review.  In May of 1930, David was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia.  For two years, he worked in the legal and claims dept. of Southern Surety Co and Home Indemnity Co. in St. Louis, Mo living at the YMCA. 

David moved to California in 1933 and was admitted to the state bar and to the District Court of the US and Southern District of Calif in 1936.  He had the distinction of filing the first action in the Municipal Court of Inglewood.  He acted as prosecutor and defense counsel in criminal cases and as attorney for plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases and in appellate courts.  Upon return from WWII, David conducted his practice in Inglewood, CA.  He never joined a firm but practiced law privately and had several associates.  He was a candidate for the State Assembly in 1948.

 He was drafted into the Army during World War II and rose in rank from a private to Lt. Colonel.  He spent three months in training and study at the University of Michigan. He served as a first lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Dept. (JAG).  He was then assigned as assistant judge advocate of the Northern California Sector of the Western Defense Command at The Presidio in San Francisco.  There he later became the judge advocate on the staff of General Haines.  Promoted to captain and later to major, he was sent overseas in April 1945 and became judge advocate of the 58th Bombardment Wing on Tinian Island.  In October of that year, he was named judge advocate of the 20th Air Force in the Mariannas on the staff of General Parker.  He was promoted to lieutenant colonel and was relieved from active duty in January 1946.  During his war career, David acted as trial judge advocate(prosecutor) and as a legal member of many court martial proceedings involving all types of criminal cases.  On several occasions he was commended by his commanding general for his performance in handling legal matters including an agreement between the Army and the Golden Gate Bridge authorities and a plan prepared for avoiding riots among troops in the South Pacific.  He also received commendation for his history of the 125th Infantry.  He served from 1948 as a member of Selective Service Board No. 116 by presidential appointment.

David was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1950.  In 1952 he served as president of the Inglewood-South Bay Bar Association.  He was a member of the Inglewood District Bar Assoc and sate and national groups.  He served as a trustee of the Centinela Valley Union High School District.  He was instrumental in organizing the Inglewood Youth Counselor Service, a group which devoted itself to the prevention of Juvenile delinquency.  He was also active in Boy Scout work and was a leader in other civic and community services.  David was president of the Inglewood Kiwanas Club and a director of the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce.  He was also and officer and vice commander of the South Bay Post of the American Legion.  As a Mason, he belonged to Euclid Lodge No. 519 and to Los Angeles Chapter No.33, Royal Arch Mason, Golden West Commandery No. 43 of the Knights Templar and Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and the Inglewood Shriner's Club and Peace Officers Shrine Club.  He was a member of Lodge No. 1492 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and of Inglewood Post No. 188, American Legion.  David was a Republican but voted independently.

Although David married four times, his only children were with Ruth E. Anderson, his third wife.  She was a clerk in his law office when they met.  They were married in San Francisco in 1943.  

David Lynn V suffered a heart attack in his office on East Regent Street in Inglewood, CA on a Monday morning, February 17, 1964 and died in the emergency room at Daniel Freeman Hospital.  He was laid to rest in Inglewood Park Cemetery.

(some facts taken from "Encyclopedia of American Biography" which was researched and contributed by Cathy Ball, Judge Lynn Chapter, DAR))

1929 Docket Editor, Wash. D.C.

David (WWII Honoree) was drafted into the Army during WWII.

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Record

Name: David Lynn
Birth Year: 1905
Race: White, citizen
Nativity State or Country: Dist Of Columbia
State: California
County or City: Los Angeles

Enlistment Date: 16 Mar 1942
Enlistment State: California
Enlistment City: Fort Macarthur San Pedro
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)

Education: 4 years of college
Civil Occupation Lawyer (Attorney or counselor at law. )
Marital Status: Married
Height: 70

Ruth E. Anderson and David Lynn V married August 12, 1943

Children of David Lynn V and Ruth Anderson Lynn

1.  Evelyn Victoria Lynn, b. January 19, 1947

2.  David Lynn, VII., b. February 21, 1951

3.  Bonnie Ruth Lynn, b. August 23, 1955

David Lynn V - 1952