|Birth: ||Jun. 18, 1926|
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 1950, South Korea|
Killed in action during the Korean Conflict. Second Lieutenant, Company B, Fifth Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division, United States Army. Recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Hometown: Horse Creek, Wyoming
Son of Courtenay and Lucy Davis.
Citation: The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to Second Lieutenant Courtenay C Davis, Jr., Infantry, United States Army, for extraordinary herosim in action while serving as a platoon leader with Company B, Fifth Caalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division, on September 13, 1950, near Waegwan, Korea, on September 12, 1950, the enemy, in overwhelmingly superior numbers, attacked a hill occupied by Company B and forced them to withdraw. On the following day, Company B initiated a counterattack to regain the lost ground, and Lieutenant Davis was assigned the mission of leading his platoon in the attack. Devoid of cover or concealment, he fearlessly led his men up the hill toward the heavily armed, well entrenched enemy. As they struggled upward, they were subjected to intense machine gun and small arms fire. Shouting words of encouragement to his platoon, Lieutenant Davis, courageously exposed himself to the withering fire, spurring his men to greater effort. As the attack continued against almost insummountable odds, he was seriously wounded. Refusing to leave his men, he half-hobbled, half-crawled toward the objective, valiantly directing the assault until his was mortally wounded by a burst of enemy machine gun fire. Inspired by the dauntless actions of their leader, the men of Lieutenant Davis' platoon charged the enemy emplacement with such fury that the hostile troops became disorganized and fled in disorder.
HQ Eighth U.S. Army Korea, General Orders No. 267 (May 4, 1951)
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: Section VII, Row F, Site 305
GPS (lat/lon): 41.39875, -73.96787
Created by: Paula J
Record added: Jun 18, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11194973
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We are grateful for, and will remember always, your great valor, service and sacrifice in preserving our country’s freedoms. May you rest in peace knowing that you truly embodied the ideals of “Duty, Honor, Country.”|
Charles A. Lewis
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