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Frank Alfred Davis

Frank Alfred Davis

Navy CrossLegion of MeritPurple HeartPrisoner of War Medal

Rank/Rate Lieutenant Commander (Commanding Officer)
Service Number O-033836
Birth Date May 10, 1896
From San Diego, California
Decorations Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
Ship USS Pigeon (ASR-6)
Date of Death January 9, 1945
Location Aboard the Hellship Enoura Maru
Circumstances Died aboard Enoura Maru while en route to Japan
Remarks Frank was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lt. Comdr. Frank Alfred Davis carried on the fighting tradition and valor of his command while interned at the infamous prisoner-of-war camp at Cabanatuan, Philippine Islands. He built a powerful underground organization to obtain food, medicines and communications of all kinds. He volunteered for command of a firewood detail, and despite the constant surveillance of Japanese guards, succeeded in smuggling into camp tremendous amounts of food and other necessities to his fellow prisoners.

His great personal valor and grave concern for others at a great risk to his own life contributed to the welfare and morale of all prisoners on Luzon and saved countless lives before he died on 14 December 1944. Lt. Comdr. Davis received the Navy Cross for his intrepid fight on Canopus and Pigeon and was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit for his courageous and dedicated service to fellow prisoners.

Photo and information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.


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