Saturday, May 12, 2018

WW2 Fallen - Bronze Star hero Herman Davis, 29th Infantry Division

Pfc. Herman Davis in a photo with family members, died of wounds while serving in the 29th Infantry Division.
Herman E. Davis never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.

He was born on May 12, 1918 in Texas. His parents Robert and Mattie were also both born in Texas. His father worked as a farmer and died in 1940. Herman had two older sisters, three younger brothers, and one younger sister. One brother also served in WW2. Herman completed two years of high school. Prior to joining the army he worked as a bill collector. At some point Herman probably got married since he had a son by the same name.

He was drafted into the army on April 15, 1942 and was originally trained as a paratrooper, but did not join an airborne unit. He became a private first class in Company I, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. He joined his unit as a replacement in May 1944 before it participated in D-Day. He landed on Omaha Beach 50 minutes after the first wave. Despite taking heavy casualties, his company made it off the beach and was outside St. Laurent by the end of the day.

Pfc. Davis somehow survived six months as a rifleman while multiple thousands of other 29th ID troops were killed or wounded. His unit was part of a renewed offensive across the Roer River that began on February 23, 1945. On February 27, Pfc. Davis was engaged in attacking the town of Immerath in Germany. Pfc. Davis was wounded while guiding a tank into position. He died of his wounds on March 3, 1945. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.

His grave is at Crowell Cemetery in Crowell, Texas. I don't know what happened to his son.

Thank you Herman for your sacrifice. Let's Earn It for Herman.

Last year on this date I profiled Edgar Meyer, 88th Infantry Division. You can read about Edgar here.

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