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Montgomery War Hero Receives Historical Marker

Charles Davis spent 32 years in the United States Military. His service during World War II earned him a medal of honor and now a historical marker at Riverfront Park. "Everything we can do to have young people walk by and be touched by the marker's message," said Davis' son, Kirk Davis.

Davis' family and friends came from around the country for the ceremony. His widow Joan and their two children unveiled the historical marker.  His daughter, Carol Davis Denier said of the ceremony, "Honor, sacrifice, all of that comes together at a time like this. We are proud of dad."

Major Davis received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on Guadalcanal Island. In January 1943, he volunteered to carry instructions to trapped units. The following day, he led an assault on the Japanese Position.  His rifle jammed, but Davis pulled out his pistol and continued to lead his soldiers.  His family says Davis didn't consider himself a war hero.  "He doubts whether he was worthy of the medal," said Kirk Davis.

The family says Davis had an undying devotion to his country and Alabama.  "My father deeply loved his Alabama roots," Kirk Davis told us.

Kirk Davis is writing a book about his parents during the war. It's titled: "Joan and Charles: America in Love and War. 1940-19-43."  He expects to have it complete in two years.  

Davis spent his childhood in Pickens County. He graduated from Lanier High School in Montgomery and then the Universities of Alabama and Maryland. He retired as a Colonel in 1972. Davis died in 1991 and was buried in Arlington Cemetery.

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