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George Fleming Davis

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Remembered at A.B.M.C. Manila
  Wall of the Missing  

Born: March 23, 1911 at Manila,  Philippine Islands

Entered Service in the US Navy from Philippine Islands

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism January 06, 1945 at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands

Died:  January 06, 1945 at the age of 33

Commander Davis was Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Walke engaged in a mission in support of minesweeping operations to clear the waters for entry of our heavy surface and amphibious forces preparatory to the invasion of Lingayen Gulf in the Philippine Islands. He was operating without gun support of other surface ships when four Japanese suicide planes were detected flying overland to attack simultaneously. Commander Davis boldly took his position in the exposed wings of the bridge and directed control to pick up the leading plane and open fire. The Walke's deadly fire sent the first target crashing into the water and caught the second as it passed close over the bridge to plunge into the sea of portside. Davis remained steadfast in the path of the third plane plunging swiftly to crash the after end of the bridge structure. Seriously wounded when the craft struck, drenched with gasoline and immediately enveloped in flames, he conned the Walke in the midst of the wreckage; he rallied his command to heroic efforts; he exhorted his officers and men to save the ship and, still on his feet, saw the barrage from his guns destroy the fourth suicide bomber. With the fires under control and the safety of the ship assured, he consented to be carried below and died a few hours later.

 

 

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