Davis, Charles Willis, COL

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1940 - 1970

Infantry

Colonel



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1917
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Davis, Charles Willis (MOH), COL.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Gordo, Alabama
Last Address
San Francisco, California

Date of Passing
Jan 16, 1991
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 7A, Lot 170

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor
  1943, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1943, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. His citation reads "For distinguishing himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy on Guadalcanal Island. On 12 January 1943, Maj. Davis (then Capt.), executive officer of an infantry battalion, volunteered to carry instructions to the leading companies of his battalion which had been caught in crossfire from Japanese machineguns. With complete disregard for his own safety, he made his way to the trapped units, delivered the instructions, supervised their execution, and remained overnight in this exposed position. On the following day, Maj. Davis again volunteered to lead an assault on the Japanese position which was holding up the advance. When his rifle jammed at its first shot, he drew his pistol and, waving his men on, led the assault over the top of the hill. Electrified by this action, another body of soldiers followed and seized the hill. The capture of this position broke Japanese resistance and the battalion was then able to proceed and secure the corps objective. The courage and leadership displayed by Maj. Davis inspired the entire battalion and unquestionably led to the success of its attack".

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

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 Unit Assignments
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1942-1945, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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