Davis, George Fleming, CDR

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Last Rank
Commander
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, USS Walke (DD-723)
Service Years
1934 - 1945
Commander
Commander

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Home Country
Philippines
Philippines
Year of Birth
1911
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
at sea off Luzon, Philippines

Casualty Date
Jan 06, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Burns
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Duty Stations
USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)US NavyUSS Honolulu (CL-48)USS Walke (DD-723)
  1934-1939, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  1939-1941, USS Broome (DD-210)
  1941-1941, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
  1941-1944, USS Honolulu (CL-48)
  1944-1945, USS Walke (DD-723)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1942-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1930-1934, United States Naval Academy
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Last Known Activity

On 06 January 1945, CDR Davis as Commanding Officer of USS Walke (DD-723) which was covering minesweeping operations in advance of the Lingayen Gulf invasion when she was attacked by four Japanese Kamikazes. Though Walke shot down two, the third plane struck the ship, enveloping her bridge area in burning gasoline. Though horribly burned, CDR Davis remained on his feet, conned the ship, directed damage control efforts and saw to the destruction of the fourth suicide plane. Only when Walke's survival was assured did he relinquish his post to be taken below, where he died a short time later. For his conduct, he was posthumously awarded the MEDAL OF HONOR. His body was buried at sea.
  • Then LT Davis was aboard the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) 07 December 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Oklahoma was sunk during the attack..
  • The USS Davis (DD-937) was named in the Commander's honor. Commissioned on 28 February 1957 to 11 December 1982.
   
Comments/Citation

Medal of Honor Citation:
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above 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 four Japanese suicide planes were detected flying low 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. 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 off 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 plane 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, Commander 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."
   
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