DAVID A DAVIDSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 7W, LINE 112 OF THE WALL

DAVID ARTHUR DAVIDSON

WALL NAME

DAVID A DAVIDSON

PANEL / LINE

7W/112

DATE OF BIRTH

03/08/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/05/1970

HOME OF RECORD

EAST RIVERDALE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Prince George's County

STATE

MD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

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Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID ARTHUR DAVIDSON
POSTED ON 12.17.2014

Final Mission of SSGT David A. Davidson

In Vietnam, SSGT David A. Davidson was assigned to Command and Control North, MACV-SOG (Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observation Group). MACV-SOG was a joint service high command unconventional warfare task force engaged in highly classified operations throughout Southeast Asia. The 5th Special Forces channelled personnel into MACV-SOG (although it was not a Special Forces group) through Special Operations Augmentation (SOA), which provided their "cover" while under secret orders to MACV-SOG. The teams performed deep penetration missions of strategic reconnaissance and interdiction which were called, depending on the time frame, "Shining Brass" or "Prairie Fire" missions. On October 5, 1970, SSGT Davidson and SGT Fred A. Gassman were members of a joint American and Vietnamese reconnaissance patrol operating about 12 miles inside Laos. The patrol had established their night position west of Ta Bat when they were attacked by a hostile force. According to the two surviving indigenous patrol members, Davidson was hit once in the head during a long burst of enemy fire while the team was attempting to evacuate the area, and fell down a ridge, after which he lay motionless with what appeared to be a fatal head wound. At about 1300 hours, Gassman radioed the overhead aircraft that they were being hit from three sides, and that they were low on ammunition and requested an emergency extraction and air strikes. As he attempted to retrieve the homing device, he stated on the radio, "I've been hit, and in the worst way", followed by several groans before the radio went dead. The surviving indigenous patrol members said that they last saw Gassman lying motionless with a large hole in his back. One unsuccessful search and recovery attempt was made shortly after the incident, but further attempts were curtailed due to the difficult tactical situation in the area. Davidson and Gassman remain missing. All other team members were successfully extracted. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 6.1.2014
POSTED BY: walter A. davidson (usmc)

you are missed every day

I went thought life with out you, and I still wonder time to time what

it would have been like for us to grow old together. I know what was

like over the years with Andy and Phyllis. It has been great.
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POSTED ON 10.21.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT David Arthur Davidson, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice 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. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

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

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 7.19.2012

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POSTED ON 7.17.2012

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