Andy from the H2 brings us this story of Macon, Georgia’s Medal of Honor recipient and the men who traveled to this Marine’s hometown to honor him.
Davis was a platoon guide with Company B, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division on September 6, 1967 during Operation Swift. His company came under heavy fire from the Viet Cong. When a grenade rolled into their trench, Davis threw himself on it, saving the lives of his companions. Those survivors came to Macon on what would have been Davis’ 70th birthday.
He was the first black Vietnam veteran to have a Navy ship named in his honor, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate commissioned in 1987 and still sailing today. Go read the whole thing.