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CPL Ben Fitzgerald Davis
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Birth: Aug. 17, 1920
Fort Towson
Choctaw County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1945

Ben Davis
The Hugo Daily News February 6, 1950 transcribed by Ron Henson

Funeral Services For Pfc. Ben Davis To Be in St. Louis

Funeral services for the late Pfc. Ben F. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Davis of Fort Towson, are scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, in the Jefferson Barracks national Cemetery at St. Louis, Mo., according to a telegram from Louis B. Sellmeyers superintendent at the cemetery.

Attending the rites will be the father; brothers Kelly Davis of Baytown, Tex., Donald Davis of Muskogee, Lt. P.H. Davis of St. Louis, Mo.; sister Mrs. Dunward Scruggs of Denison, Tex.; and a cousin, Miss Dorothy Orton of Oklahoma City.

Pfc. Ben F. Davis was born and reared in Fort Towson, where he attended public schools. He enlisted in the Army February 10, 1940. In April of that year, he sailed from Angle Island, Calif., for the Philippine Islands, where he was attached to the 59th C.A. Battery D at Fort Mills.

He was captured by the Japanese when the Philippines fell in May 1942. He was in the infamous "death march." The first card received from him during his imprisonment came from Mukden, Manchuria. Later he was in Toten Camp at Osaka, Japan.

On September 7, 1945, Pfc. Davis was liberated by American troops.

According to the Army records and investigation, Pfc. Davis was aboard a B-24 aircraft, along with five crew members and 19 other liberated prisoners of war, which crashed during inclement weather about 3.75 miles northeast of Mount Hiansa on Formosa Island. All aboard the plane were killed. The airplane was enroute from Yontan Field, Okinawa, to Nielson Field in the Philippines.

Survivors are the mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Davis, six brothers, Kelly Davis of Baytown, Tex., Don Davis of Muskogee, Lt. P.H. Davis of St. Louis, Mo., James Davis, Charles Davis, and Sam Davis of Fort Towson; three sisters, mrs. Durward Scruggs of Denison, Tex., Mrs. Merle McMillian and Miss Lucy Davis of Oakland, Calif.

The News joins their many friends and relatives in extending condolence to the bereaved family of the deceased.
Family links: 
  Peter Harrison Davis (1890 - 1970)
  Hazel Lee Kelly Davis (1897 - 1977)
  Marjorie Ruth Davis Scruggs (1914 - 1993)*
  Kelly Frank Davis (1915 - 1983)*
  Donald Arthur Davis (1917 - 1992)*
  Merle Lois Davis Hendricks (1919 - 1970)*
  Ben Fitzgerald Davis (1920 - 1945)*
  Ben Fitzgerald Davis (1920 - 1945)
  P H Davis (1922 - 2012)*
  James Louis Thomas Henderson Davis (1924 - 1972)*
  Charles Bradley Davis (1926 - 2009)*
  Lucille Elizabeth Davis Murchison (1929 - 2012)*
  Sam William Davis (1934 - 2003)*
*Calculated relationship
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: Joye Hylton
Originally Created by: J. Robison
Record added: Jul 19, 2009
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CPL Ben Fitzgerald Davis
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CPL Ben Fitzgerald Davis
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CPL Ben Fitzgerald Davis
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So sad that you almost made it home, after you had suffered through the worst horrors imaginable. Rest in peace, Corporal Davis.
- Don J
 Added: Oct. 16, 2015
You served our country faithfully. May we always cherish our freedom by honoring your memory...
- Red River Valley Veterans Memorial (
 Added: Feb. 27, 2012
It was very sad yesterday when I saw Uncle Ben's grave for the first time.RIP!
- Joye Hylton
 Added: Jul. 22, 2009
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