Rank and organization: Commander, U.S. Navy.
Birth: 23 March 1911, Manila,
Accredited to: Philippine Islands.
Other Navy awards:
Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry
and intrepidity at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty as
Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Walke engaged in a detached 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, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 6 January 1945. Operating without gun
support of other surface ships when 4 Japanese suicide planes were detected
flying low overland to attack simultaneously, Comdr. Davis boldly took
his position in the exposed wings of the bridge and directed control to
pick up the leading plane and open fire. Alert and fearless as 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,
he 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. Succumbing several hours later, Comdr.
Davis by his example of valor and his unhesitating self-sacrifice, steeled
the fighting spirit of his command into unyielding purpose in completing
a vital mission. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)