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Raymond Gilbert Davis


U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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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.

During World War II, Raymond Davis participated in the Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings, the capture and defense of Guadalcanal, the Eastern New Guinea and Cape Gloucester campaigns, and the Peleliu operation. During the Vietnam War General Davis commanded Marines in I Corps, including his son who was twice wounded in combat while serving under his father. General Davis served as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1971 - 1972.

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