Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Major Charles W. Davis, Infantry United States Army / “Above and Beyond”
A native of Montgomery, graduate of Lanier, alumnus of the Universities of Alabama and Maryland. Major Davis was awarded the Medal of Honor as Executive Officer, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. "For distinguishing himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on Guadalcanal Island. On 12 January 1943, he volunteered to carry instructions to the leading companies of his battalion which had been caught in crossfire from Japanese machine guns. With complete disregard for his own safety he made his way to the trapped units, delivered instructions, supervised their execution and remained overnight in this exposed position.
The following day, Davis volunteered to lead an assault on the Japanese position holding up the advance. His rifle jammed, he drew his pistol and led the assault. Electrified by this action, his soldiers followed and seized the hill. The capture broke Japanese resistance and the battalion was then able to secure its objective." During a distinguished 32-year career, he served on the Army General Staff and graduated from the National War College. Among many important assignments, he commanded the 503d Regiment of the
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Location. 32° 22.925′ N, 86° 18.799′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Commerce Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Riverfront Park at the end of Commerce Street. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Montgomery's Panel Project (a few steps from this marker); High Red Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Struggle For Colonial Empire (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Domestic Slave Trade/Slave Transportation to Montgomery (about 300 feet away); Encanchata (about 400 feet away); Train Shed 1897 (about 500 feet away); Union Station & Riverfront Park (about 500 feet away but has been reported missing); Confederate Military Prison / Civil War Military Prisons (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Categories. • Heroes • Notable Persons • War, World II •
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