Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day Is A Davis Family Affair

On this Veteran's Day my thoughts focus on my late father, Edward Miller Davis, who was a Chief Petty Officer and Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) frogman who fought in the Pacific during World War II.

My father (seen in the middle of his team in the above photo) was briefly mentioned in Francis Douglas Fane's The Naked Warriors and I briefly mentioned my father in a piece on the WWII frogmen and how they influenced today's Navy SEALs.

You can read the Counterterrorism magazine piece via the below links:

My older brother, Edward R. Davis, is also a veteran. He served in the U.S. Army in 1968-69 in Chu Lai, South Vietnam.

I'm a veteran as well, having served in the U.S. Navy on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War.

You can read an earlier post on my service to the country via the below link:

I'd like to salute all veterans and their families today.


  1. By chance, do you have the men in the photograph identified? The man in the back row to the left looks remarkably like my uncle who served in WWII on UDT24. Is there any chance this could be him? It's difficult to tell, but it certainly resembles him strongly.

  2. Paula,

    Sorry, but my late father did not write down the names of the men with him in the photo.

    These men are with UDT 5, but perhaps your uncle transfered from UDT5 to UDT24 at some point.

    The UDT men were true heroes and you should be proud of your uncle.