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RICHARD SHIRLEY DAVIS JR


is honored on Panel 60W, Line 27 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 6/6/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Richard Shirley Davis
    Date of birth: April 30, 1947
    Date of death: June 6, 1968
    Home of record: Quincy Massachusetts
    Status: KIA

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    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Richard Shirley Davis (ASN: RA-11616385), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam while serving with Detachment A-414,. 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Specialist Fourth Class Davis distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 6 June 1968 while helping lead a relief column to a besieged strike force outpost in Cai Dai. While proceeding to the outpost, his unit was to secure a village near the Cambodian border. During the column's approach to the hamlet, its members came under heavy small arms and mortar fire which wounded Specialist Davis. Despite his injuries, he coordinated artillery counterfire and helped reorganize his force to assault the village. During the advance, he was wounded several more times. As the assault reached the edge of the village, Specialist Davis' entire element was fired upon by a Viet Cong battalion occupying its buildings. The advance was halted. Despite heavy artillery barrages and airstrikes, the enemy positions were not silenced. Specialist Davis, while trying to employ a delaying action to protect the withdrawal, died of his previous wounds. Specialist Fourth Class Davis' gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Vietnam, General Orders No. 3194 (July 4, 1968)

    Action Date: June 6, 1968

    Service: Army

    Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

    Company: Detachment A-414

    Regiment: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

    Division: 1st Special Forces
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  • Remembrance

    Posted on 3/4/13 - by Theresa Davis

    Richard was an Army brat. His Dad was career army msg Richard S. Davis. He enlisted right after high school and was so proud when he came home wearing his Green Beret. He served his country well, earning a Silver Star. He was loved by everyone, family and many friends. To this day he is sadly missed and will live in our hearts forever.

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  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

    Dear SP4 Richard Shirley Davis Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

    With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.

    Curt Carter

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  • Remembered

    Posted on 2/8/12
    (Photo Credit: Kimn Gallahue) Rest in peace with the warriors.
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  • To a good friend

    Posted on 11/7/11 - by ronterri52@usa2net.net
    He made me laugh and cry. Good friend to talk too and love as a teenage. Miss you and I have never forgotten you to this day. Nov. 7th 2011.

    Love Theresa Taylor (nee Hart)
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