Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Salute To My Late Father On Veterans Day 2014

I'm a proud U.S. Navy veteran, having served on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War, but on this and every Veteran's Day, I think of my late father.

My father, Edward M. Davis (seen in the center of the above photo), was a Navy chief and Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) frogman who fought in the Pacific during WWII.

Armed with only a knife and a satchel of explosives, he and his teammates hit the beaches of Saipan, Tinian, Leyte and the other Japanese-held islands and helped clear the way for the Marine landings.

He was a hell of a man.

My father was mentioned briefly in Francis Douglas Fane's The Naked Warriors and I mentioned my father in a piece on the WWII frogmen and how they influenced today's Navy SEALs in The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security. 

You can read the piece via the below links:



My older brother is also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

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