|Pvt. Davis's widow Alva and their three children.|
Delmer Davis never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on May 5, 1917 in Texas. His parents were also both born in Texas. His father was a day laborer who later owned his own farm. Delmer had one older sister and three younger brothers. By 1940 Delmer had completed three years of high school and was working for the government as a trapper. He was married to his wife Alva and they had two daughters. They would later add a son to their family.
Delmer enlisted in the army on December 23, 1943. He became a private in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. The 60th Infantry Regiment was engaged in combat long before Pvt. Davis was in the service. It spearheaded the American invasion of North Africa in November 1942. After fighting in North Africa, it moved on to the Sicily Campaign. It landed on Utah Beach at D+5. After the Normandy Campaign the 60th advanced across France and fought in the Huertegen Forest. It was next assigned to what was expected to be a quite area of the front in the Ardennes Forest, only to be involved fighting back the first German attacks in the Battle of the Bulge.
At some point in the advance from France to Germany, Pvt. Davis joined Easy Company as a replacement. The regiments of the 9th Infantry Division needed plenty of replacements. They suffered 23,277 casualties during World War 2. Pvt. Davis died on December 17, 1944, the second day of the Battle of the Bulge, one of 3,856 9th Infantry soldiers killed during the war.
His remains were returned to be buried at Pilgrim Cemetery, Elkhart, Texas. Alva remarried after Delmer's death. She died in 2002.
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