|Birth: ||Mar. 16, 1915|
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 1945, Belgium|
He was educated in Engineering in 1933 at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. He received a military education at West Point, Sep 1935 - May 1939. He was married to Maria Louisa Jacqueline Dominguez Morello y Mathews on 14 Jun 1939 in West Point, NY. He died on 8 Jan 1945 in Belgium, Battle of the Bulge. John Davis was buried in 1949 in West Point, NY. He was a Military US Army Officer May 1939 - Jan 1945 in WW II.
Patton had been wrong. The Germans were gathering in force. Miley, entering combat for the first time, had been forced by higher authority to attack blindly in foul weather and too hastily and had gotten a very bloody nose. In his diary, Patton later transformed this blunder into a triumph, writing: "they . . . ran right into the flank of a German attack. Had this not happened things [at Bastogne] could have been critical. As it was, we stopped the attack in its tracks. Historians will claim that such perfect timing was a stroke of genius . . . [but] I had no idea the Germans were attacking."
Troy Middleton sent word for Miley to regroup, lick his wounds and prepare for another try. His second attack jumped off on January 7. This time he launched it with three regiments, line abreatst. Stubbs's 193rd Glider on the right (abutting the 101); Coutts's 513 paratroopers in the center; Pierce's 194th Glider on the left. the key objective was the high ground at the town of Flammierge. Miley recalled: "The situation had not changed. The enemy ws still out there--in the positions we had failed to take from him. The weather was as forbidding as ever. Ther was almost no visibility and no chance of air support. You still could not observe artillery fire. Third Army still insisted there was nothing in front of us."
The two flanking glider regiments encountered heavy resistance and were stopped in their tracks and hit hard. the 194, Miley said suffered "terrific" casualties. But Coutts's 513, in the center, was not to be denied. The 513 paratroopers drove ahead hell-for-leather toward Flammierge. In a fine piece of work, Coutts's 3rd Battalion, commanded by Edward F. Kent, took the town, and Coutts hurriedly brought up his other two battalions, Taylor's 1st and Miller's 2nd. As they were digging in, Miley decided to reinforce Coutts with the 3rd Battalion of Raff's 507 (still in reserve), commanded by John T. Davis.
The next morning, the Germans counterattacked with, Miley recalled, "everything they had," including tanks and flamethowers. The weather was still "terrible." The reinforced 513 took "terrible" losses. Taylor's 1st and Miller's 2nd battalions, Miley recalled, were "almost annihilated." They held until their ammo was spent; then the few survivors began withdrawing. Later Miley ordered all units to fall back. In this bloody action, appropriatedly called "Dead Man's Ridge," the 507's 3rd Battalion commander, John Davis, was killed, temporatily replaced by Allen Taylor and permanently by Roy Creek.
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Thank you, Sir, for your service...you knew but had to follow orders. The men of the 507, 3rd Battalion, and you, I remember this night and remember where you all were 70 years ago...Hill 500. Never to be forgotten.|
Added: Jan. 7, 2015
Major Davis, Rest in peace knowing the family you left behind is a legacy to be proud of. They are proud of you. Thank you for your sacrifice.|
Added: Aug. 31, 2013
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