Jul. 8, 1946 Charlotte Mecklenburg County North Carolina, USA
Feb. 23, 1969 Tay Ninh, Vietnam
PFC George Lewis Davis, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Charlotte, NC.
Private First Class George Lewis Davis Jr was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, PFC Davis served our country until February 23rd, 1969 in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam. He was 22 years old and was not married. It was reported that George died from small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. PFC Davis is on panel 32W, line 095 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.
The Charlotte Observer, Sunday, March 9, 1969; C.A. McKnight, Editor, The Observer: PFC George L Davis Jr was a determined young man. Rejected by the Marines for physical reasons when he was drafted in January 1966, he bided his time, got a letter from a Charlotte Doctor testifying to his good health, and enlisted in the Army in July of 1968. While he was at Ft Bragg in Basic Training Ricky served as the General's Orderly for three weeks. Later, at Fort Polk, La, he was in the Honor Guard. He was proud of his country and of his uniform. On January 10, Ricky called his Mother, Mrs George Lewis Davis of 3700 Avalon Street, Charlotte. He was in Hawaii in route to Vietnam.
A Letter to his Mom: On February 18, Ricky wrote his Mom: "I received three letters from you today dated from the 8th to the 11th. My mail is getting messed up somewhere. I go for two or three days without any mail, then get three at one time. But I guess that's better than getting none at all..."People at home just don't realize how lucky they are to be able to eat and sleep at night without the worry of a rocket or missle coming in on top of them or have to stand guard all night waiting for a human wave attack... "maybe it sounds like I am a little mad or upset because that's what I am. I never realized how thoughtless the people of the U.S. are, and I include myself up until I joined the Army.."Some of the men over here go for months without hearing from home. Over here mail is the only contact you have with the people back home. Over here we are on 24-hour work day so we have good reason for not being able to write as often as we would like to..."During our spare time we work on our bunker or fire walls or claymore mines and trip flares in hopes that when we get hit they might save ours or one of our buddy's lives. For enjoyment we clean our weapons and ammunition or wash our clothes out to try to keep some of the disease or filth down..."You asked me about the girls over here. Some of them are young...They are real friendly to you because the more American men they put out of action with disease, the less they have to worry about their V.C. brother or father or mother or boy friend getting shot by us...You go out every day not knowing whether you or the guy that sleeps right beside you will get killed before he can get back in the night. You walk through a jungle trail not knowing when you are going to get hit by an ambush or bobby trap. All of this comes in a routine day for us here so you try to think of the better side, like will there be a letter from home for me today, or will there be some water to take a shower with, or will we be able to get a few hours sleep tonight without an incoming mortar landing on top of us..."So Mom, talk to all of our friends and family and tell them to sit down and write a short letter to a U.S. fighting man overseas, 12,000 miles from home who with his daily job still finds time to worry about his family and friends back in the world -- small things like who is winning the football games or basketball tournaments this year... "Well Mom, I had better close for now, I got a lot to do before bed. I love you Mom, and I always remember who thought of me while I was over here..."And Mom, send this letter to the Charlotte paper. Maybe it will get published and make some of the people back home realize just how lucky they are to live in a free world like the United States." Five days after he wrote this letter, PFC Ricky Davis was killed in Tay Ninh. Funeral services will be held at McEwen Funeral Service, 727 East Morehead Street, at 2pm today.
For Gallantry in Action: Private First Class George L Davis distinguished himself by heroic actions on 23 February 1969, while serving with Company C, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry in the Republic of Vietnam. While on a sweep mission, Company C came under a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire from a large enemy force. During the initial contact, two men from Company C were fatally wounded, and left in the enemy kill zone as the unit pulled back. After the unit had regrouped, Private Davis volunteered to recover the two men. with complete disregard for his own safety, Private Davis exposed himself as he moved through 100 meters of deadly enemy fire, picked up one of the casualties and carried him back to the main unit. With one more of his comrades still in the kill zone, Private Davis made another hazardous run through the bullet swept area but was unable to successfully complete the second evacuation. His valorous actions contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission. Private Davis' personal bravery, aggressiveness, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Citation by Directive of the President, The Bronze Star Medal is presented posthumously to PFC George L Davis for distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 11 January 1969 to 23 February 1969. Through his untiring efforts and professional ability, he consistently obtained outstanding results. He was quick to grasp the implications of new problems with which he was faced as a result of the ever changing situations inherent in a counterinsurgency operation and to find ways and means to solve these problems. The energetic application of his extensive knowledge as materially contributed to the efforts of the United States mission to the Republic of Vietnam to assist that country in ridding itself of the Communist Threat to its freedom. His initiative, zeal, sound judgement and devotion to duty have been in the highest tradition of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the Military Service.
He is the son of Mr George L. and Mrs Opal Hunter Davis of Charlotte NC.
He served with Charlie Company, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, "Tomahawk", 25th Infantry Division, "Tropic Lightning", USARV.
He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Silver Star For Bravery, The Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
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Ricky was a high school classmate. He always had a winning smile, nice comment to say, and great willingness to help others. Ricky paid the ultimate price so that I and other Americans could continue to enjoy our freedom. He will not be forgotten. -
Mary Added: Jun. 11, 2015