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1LT James G Davin

1LT James G Davin

New York, USA
Death 11 Mar 1945 (aged 33)
Burial Caledonia, Livingston County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 75404135 · View Source
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James served as a First Lieutenant, 152nd Infantry Regiment, 38th Inf Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided on McIntyre Road, York, Livingston County, New York prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 31, 1942 at Fort Niagara, Youngstown, New York. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Teacher and also as Single, without dependents.

James was "Killed In Action" during the war when the plane he was in, which was supplying an isolated unit, crashed in Luzon.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # O1306389

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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The Livingston County Leader - June 6, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert J. Davin of Fowlerville recently received the following letter from Captain Willard S. O'Hair Infantry commanding officer in whose company their son, the late Lt. James G. Davin, was a member when he was killed in action in defense of his country in mountainous terrain in Western Luzon, Philippine Islands, March 11, 1945:

HQ Co 1st BN, 152 Infantry
April 17, 1945
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Davin:

Lt. Davin was killed the 11th of March at 2pm in a plane crash. At that time an isolated unit of our Battalion was fighting the enemy in a very mountainous terrain in Western Luzon, Philippine Islands. It was necessary to supply this unit by dropping the supplies from a plane. Lt. Davin was assisting in making a drop when, for reasons unknown, the plane crashed into a mountain. The accident occurred very near our men and consequently they were able to reach the plane within a very few minutes, but they found that ll occupants of the plane had been killed instantly.

Lieutenant Davin is buried in the Olongapo Armed Forces Cemetery Number 2, Grave 294, Row 15, located on the Island of Luzon in the Philippines. A memorial service with full military honors was held for him in his battalion and the Catholic chaplain conducted a mass in his honor.

Jim was Ammunition and Pioneer Platoon Leader in my company. His performance of duties during the famous battle for Zig Zag Pass, Luzon, Philippine Islands was especially commendable. During this operation he was charged with the responsibility of supplying ammunition to the troops. Although he was often under enemy fire, he unfailingly performed his duties bravely and efficiently. ...
Respectfully yours,
Willard S. O'Hair
Captain, Infantry Commanding

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Anne Cady


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 24 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75404135
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT James G Davin (8 Nov 1911–11 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75404135, citing Saint Columba Cemetery, Caledonia, Livingston County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .