Robert R. Davis 1948-1970
DAVIS, LANGERUD, LEVAD, DECONCINI, DAVIES
Posted By: Ken Moen (email)
Date: 3/29/2011 at 13:43:08
Funeral services for Sergt. Robert Roy Davis will be held at 10:30 Saturday morning at the Forest City United Methodist church. The Rev. Max E. Goldman will officiate assisted by Bernard Bliss, minister of the Fertile Church of Christ, and Father E.W. Lechtenberg of Buffalo Center. Frank Johnson, a classmate at Forest City high school, will be the soloist and Mrs. Lloyd Thorsheim, organist. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery with the Olson funeral home in charge of arrangements. According to Capt. Dennis Lewis of Ames, ranking military advisor for Iowa, a detachment of 13 men is being sent to Forest City Friday from the Headquarters company of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to serve as an honor guard for the funeral services.
Military honors paid Sgt. Robert Davis Saturday
Forest City paid final tribute last Saturday to the memory of Sgt. Robert R. Davis, killed in action in Vietnam Feb. 11. In silent homage the post office flag stood at half mast and others flew along both sides of Clark Street.
An honor guard of thirteen soldiers from the Headquarters Company at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans. took part in the funeral and graveside rites; smart, dignified and meticulous in the performance of military honors during the service.
The Methodist church was filled to capacity with the family and friends of young Davis, known and loved by so many.
Sgt. Davis was born Sept. 23, 1948 in Forest City, the son of Helen and Delton Davis. He was educated in the Fertile and Forest City schools and was a member of the Fertile Church of Christ.
For the last ten years his home had been in Forest City where he was active in the Methodist Youth Fellowship of the local United Methodist church. He was an enthusiastic member of varsity sports in high school and a popular student.
On March 30, 1968 he was married to Mary Margaret Langerud and they are parents of one son, Thomas Patrick.
Sgt. Davis attended NIAC College at Mason City and the Electronic Computer Programming Institute. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Nov. 23, 1968 and received basic training at Ft. Polk, La. He later attended Non-Commissioned Officers' School at Ft. Benning, Ga., where he was named "outstanding NCO" of his company. He completed advanced training at Ft. Ord, Calif., Nov. 25, 1969, after which he spent the month of December in Forest City with his family before going to Vietnam in early January.
At the family's request, PFC Edward J. Benson of Monterey, Calif., long time friend of the sergeant and his family, served as official escort to the body on its trip from the west coast to Forest City.
In the eulogy during the service, the Rev. Max Goldman quoted from the sergeant's last letter to his wife, Mary (Langerud) Davis, dated Feb. 5.
"Dear Mary, Today was another day away from you. It also means that I am one day closer to seeing you. I like to think of it the second way as it makes one feel better..." Later the letter concludes with, "I'm writing this letter by candlelight and the candle is buring out. So I had better go. Write soon and give my love to Tommy... 'Bye for now, Bob."
Rev. Goldman ended his sermon which had been in form of a letter to the sergeant, with: "It may be, Bobby, that in the world mankind's candle is burning out, but we will try to light it anew and keep it burning. And so we say, 'bye for now and thank you - for everything."
The Rev. Max Goldman, Bernard Bliss of Fertile and the Rev. E.W. Lechtenberg of Buffalo Center shared in conducting the service held Feb 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the United Methodist church. Mrs. Lloyd Thorsheim was organist and Frank Johnson was soloist. Casket bearers were Mike Ebaugh, Stuart Goldman, Ken Groh, Lyle Hanna, Jim Levad and Steve Pederson. Ushers were Richard R. Hudson and classmates Tim Anderson and Riley Lewis.
Interment was at Oakland Cemetery with the military presenting flags to Sergeant Davis' wife and to his mother, Mrs. Helen Davis. The firing squad fired three volleys and the bugler played taps. Olson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife and son, his mother, Mrs. Helen Davis of Forest City; his father, Delton Davis of Sioux City; two sister, Mrs. David (Betty Jo) Levad of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mrs. James (Kathy) DeConcini of St. Paul, Minn., and his grandmothers, Mrs. Roy Davis of Fertile and Mrs. Joseph Davies of Madelia, Minn.
~news clippings Feb 11, 1970 from the Leibrand & White Private Collection
For more information & a photo of Sgt Davis, visit the Winnebago co. IAGenWeb site. Click on Military Records
Gail Gahan Welde
76 Bayview Lane Glendo WY 82213 USA
Missed You at the Reunion
Best dancer in the Forest City, Iowa, Class of '67. We missed you at the fortieth reunion. Missed you at every reunion.
Nov 7, 2011
WE DID BASIC TOGETHER AT FT. POLK
25081 RIVERWALK DR Leesburg FL 34748 USA
I THINK OF YOU OFTEN AND MISS YOU MY FRIEND
BOBBY It was Nov. 26, 1968, I left Chicago to be drafted in the Us Army. We met in Boot Camp Dec 9, 1968 and you slept in the bunk above me. We became great friends 2 Mid-West youg men along with others from Iowa and Illinois. I remember seeing Pics of Donna and the Baby in Camp. We left basic on Feb 14, 1969. We went to TigerLand and I saw you after Graduation at a PX and you told me you were going to NCO School and Jump School. You were one Tuff Kid. I ended up in Korea and came home June 29, 1970. I do not remember the exact date when I called but, I was sitting on my Mothers Kitchen steps and started to call people who I wanted to stay close with after coming home. You were the first call. Your wife answered and I introduced my self again to her and stated I have been home for some time. When she told me you were KIA I was so so depressed and lost it. My mother had to help me off the floor. I took the phone list I had and I burned it. I did not want to call anyone and hear the same sad news. I have visited you often my friend I love you and miss you. You are in my heart always. Tommy D
Jan 7, 2011
Manuel Pino B/2/8th Cav 68-69
Fellow Vietnam Army Vet
E/2/502nd Inf Rgt, 101st ABN Div
NOW SLEEP Peace has come. Now you can truly sleep,my son. The muddy field where you were laid Flag-draped, will now be green. Redbud and cherry blossoms can be seen Soon in bloom above your head. Arlington's Eternal Flame Flickers across granite rows To illuminate your name And then beneath it (with lightning's calm) Strikes in black the word VIETNAM On your own stone. Peace has come. Your medals may turn green In time, like your beret But forever there are those who'll say, "I live because he cared he came!"
Oct 23, 2007
Part, of our family
2805, 18th, SW., Mason City, IA., 50401,Cerro Gordo
Bobby, I couldn't go, by this site without leaving, a note, for you. Did you get my letter, I left at the wall, a month, or so ago? Everything I said, is true and you, do have the greatest mother, of them all. I see, your son has visited you, not so, long ago, It sounds like, he has turned into quite, a young man. I never seen, him, after the funeral, but always wondered, about him. I think, the trip to the wall, has did me some good, but I have, a long way, to go. I'm writing a book, about where, we were at and I know, when I'm done, that will, help some. Good bye, for now, joe.
Wednesday, December 22, 1999
DAD, I was only one, when you, left this world. My Dad. I wonder, what you would, have taught me, about life. I wonder what our lives, together, would have been had you, lived, to see me, grow up. My Dad. I sort, of followed in your footsteps, like dad, like son. I'am in the military, a navy pilot, don't hold, that against me. Your medals, you earned, have greater meaning for me, now. I know, what they, stand for. My HERO, My Dad. I have them, on a wall, in my house, with a rubbing, of your name, right below. All the material, connection, I have, to you. But I have, so much more, I'am a part, of you, your blood, your soul, your son. My Dad. I miss you. Tom, "The candle is, burning out now, so I will, sign off. Give little Tommy a kiss, for me. Love you."
Sunday, June 13, 1999
poway, ca 92064 usa
bobbie, i stopped, by the wall last month, to say, a proper good-by. i was, in country, when donna wrote told me, you had, been kia., your boyhood friend, from fertile.
Wednesday, June 27, 2001
REST EASY, BRO. YOU, ARE NOT NOW, NOR WILL, YOU EVER BE, FORGOTTEN. C/1/501/101ST, AIRBORNE, DIV., NAM, 67/68.
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
photo provided by Ted Overlie
You are remembered by your 2/502nd STRIKE FORCE Infantry Brothers...
Posted by: Bill Nelson 2/502 Infantry 101st Airborne
Relationship: Nam Vet 7/69-9/70
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."
Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.
We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:
Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.
From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
Posted by: Bill Nelson
Relationship: NamVet 2/502 Inf 101 Abn 69-70
Monday, January 9, 2006
do I have the right Robert Davis, the one who was with my dad, Charles Varence Penn when he was killed?
There was a Sgt Robert Davis with my dad Charles Varence Penn when he was killed, 11-29-69. SP4 John Larmett was also there. Both were hit with fragments, but survived. Could this Sgt Robert Davis have joined my dad only a few months later? Any friends or family to confirm?
Posted by: Jo-Anne Penn-Kast
Relationship: unclear-fellow soldier to my dad?
Tuesday, December 8, 1998