Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
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, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
Born: March 23, 1911 at
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Philippine Islands
06, 1945 at the age of 33
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism January 06,
1945 at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands
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.