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Adm Robert Gaylord Davis
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Birth: May 29, 1883
Warren County
Iowa, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1948

Captain Davis was the commanding officer of the Naval Hospital in Cavite, Luzon, Philippines when the Japanese attacked 8 December 1941. As a prisoner of war he established medical services at Bilibid prison for American prisoners then spent three years in prison camps in the Philippines, Formosa, Japan and Mukden, Manchuria. Captain Davis arrived in Mukden 21 May 1945. On 20 August 1945 he was freed by the Russians and flown to India, then Africa then home across the Atlantic. Shortly thereafter he retired as a Captain, but soon was recognized by advancement to Rear Admiral, a rank seldom attained by naval medical officers. Rear Admiral Davis died of complications from malaria contracted while he was a prisoner of war.

He was a graduate of Simpson College, class of 1905, and he graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago about 1909. Served his internship in the Presbyterian hospital in Chicago, married Vera Hartley 1910 in Chicago and spent one year in private practice in Des Moines, Iowa, before he entered the U. S. Navy as a surgeon in 1912.

Commander Davis was the chief naval officer of the transport ship Northern Pacific, when while returning wounded soldiers and sailors to the United States during World War I it struck a rock off shore and sank. Doctor Davis managed to bring all the convalescent servicemen ashore unharmed. 
Family links: 
  Alberta Irwin Davis (1853 - 1928)
  Juliet Moore Davis (1858 - 1920)
  Vera Hartley Davis (1880 - 1974)
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: G, 724
Maintained by: Don J
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3395719
Adm Robert Gaylord Davis
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Adm Robert Gaylord Davis
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Adm Robert Gaylord Davis
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 Added: Nov. 8, 2007

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