Sen. Tom Carper presented the family of the late Pfc. James Davis Jr., of Smyrna, with medals Oct. 23 in recognition of Davis’ service in the U.S. Army.
Davis’ son, James Davis III, who was 2 years old when his father died, and granddaughter, Tina Ford, recently contacted Carper’s office to obtain copies of his father’s military records. Carper’s office was able to locate the records and, while doing so, discovered that Davis Jr. was eligible for several medals, including the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal
The records show that Davis Jr. served with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division in support of the Allied Forces’ drive through Normandy, France. He died July 5, 1944.
“It is the honor of my lifetime to be able to present the families of our fallen soldiers with information about their loved ones and the medals that they earned serving our country,” Carper said. “Our office works hard to give back to our veterans and their families, whether it’s connecting them with employment and benefits, or in this case, helping family members piece together the history of their father’s life and death. It is truly the greatest honor to serve my fellow veterans and their families.”
Also in attendance at the medal ceremony was Delaware National Guard State Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Catalon; Davis Jr.’s grandson James Davis IV, retired chief petty officer, U.S. Navy; granddaughter-in-law Julie Davis; and great granddaughter Shana Davis. The family was presented with the Gold Star Lapel Pin, which has been a symbol for family members whose loved ones died in war.