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Raymond Gilbert Davis



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.

Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens

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Born:  January 13, 1915 at Fitzgerald, GA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Atlanta, GA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism December 01 - 04, 1950 near Hagaru-ri, Korea

Died:  September 03, 2003 at the age of 87

Lieutenant Colonel Davis led his battalion in a daring attempt to relieve the beleaguered forces under Captain Bill Barber that were tenuously holding an important position over an important mountain pass that was the only escape route for surrounded Marines in the Chosin Reservoir region. He spearheaded his unit in a fierce attack up steep, ice-covered slopes in the face of withering enemy fire, personally leading assault groups in hand-to-hand engagements. Throughout four days Colonel Davis' relief element fought their way over eight miles of enemy-held, mountainous terrain to reach and reinforce the company under Captain Barber. While fighting his way through hundreds of enemy that surrounded Barber's position, Lieutenant Colonel Davis was knocked to the ground when a shell fragment struck his helmet and two bullets pierced his clothing. Heedless of the fusillade directed his way, he arose and fought his way forward at the head of his men until he reached Captain Barber and his isolated Marines. He then reinforced the important position and helped to hold it until two regiments of cut-off Marines made their way through the pass on the morning of December 4.



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