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DAVIS Donald Arthur, Capt. US Army-ret. passed away Sunday, June 14 1992 at his home in Oklahoma City. He was born July 15, 1917 to Peter Harrison Davis and Hazel Lee Kelly in Ft. Towson, OK, where he attended public schools. He interrupted schooling at OSU to join the 45th Division in 1940, and later commissioned in 1942, as Lt. in 508th Parachute Infantry. He was severely injured in combat at Saint Lo, France during the Normandy invasion.

He worked from 1946-1951 at the Veterans Dept. of Oklahoma, served as Director Oklahoma Veterans Dept. 1951-1956; appointed Executive Secretary Governors Committee of Employment of the Physically Handicapped (Now Persons with Disabilities). Appointed Veterans Employment Representative for Oklahoma in 1962, while still voluntarily acting as the Governors secretary. He retired from the U.S. Labor Dept. in 1986, yet still remained active in all Veterans organizations.

Don has received many honors and awards, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and the Distinguished Service Award by the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped in 1971. Survivors include his wife of 43 years Eleanor Vittum, 2 sons John Church and Donald Milton, three grandchildren, Jonathan, Sarah & Jeremy, all of Norman; brothers P.H. Jr., Orlando FL, Charles B., and Sam W., both of Ft. Towson, and his sisters, Ruth Scruggs, Ft. Towson, and Lucy Murchison, Hayward, Ca.. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Kelly, Ben, and James, and his sister Merle.

Military graveside services will be 2:00 Tuesday June 16, 1992 at the Ft. Towson Ok Cemetery. Mr. Davis will lie in state Monday at Smith and Kernke Chapel, and Tuesday from 11:30 to 1:30 at the 1st Methodist Church of Ft. Towson. 

[The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma City, OK, , Page 16]

(courtesy of  Sue Calhoun Shannon)

Grave marker for Donald A. Davis in the Fort Towson Cemetery, Ft. Towson (Choctaw county) Oklahoma.

Donald enlisted in the Army as a Private at Camp Barkeley*, TX on 10 August 1941.  He was commissioned in 1942.

On 16 October 1943, 2nd Lt. Davis was transferred from the 507th PIR, the Parachute School, Fort Benning, GA to Hq Hq 508th PIR as a cadre member.

In late March and early April 1943 1st Lt Davis was sent on detached duty to the Bomb Recon School, Bristol, Eng and was listed as a "Demo Officer"

Lt Davis was seriously wounded in action on 17 June 1944 in France and evacuated to a field hospital.

On 30 August 1944 he was transferred to the Parachute Replacement Regiment at the Parachute School. Ft Benning, GA and officially relieved of his principal duty as the Battalion Demolition Officer.

His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge for action during the Normandy, France Campaign, 6 June 1944 to 9 July 1944.

* Camp Barkeley was located eleven miles (18 km) southwest of Abilene, Texas near what is now Dyess Air Force Base.

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