Montgomery Honors Only WWII Medal of Honor Recipient - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Montgomery Honors Only WWII Medal of Honor Recipient

Colonel Charles Davis was the only Montgomerian to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II.

Today a historical marker dedicated to his service stands at Riverfront Park.

Davis spent 32 years in the United States military and it was his service during World War II that earned him the distiguished honor and now a historical marker at Riverfront Park.

Davis' family and friends came from around the country for the ceremony; his widow Joan and their two children unveiled the historical marker in his honor.

daughter Carol Davis Denier: "Honor, sacrifice all of that comes together at a time like this. We are proud of dad."

Davis received the medal for his heroic actions on the island of Guadalcanal.

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 he 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."

The family says Davis had an undying devotion to his country and alabama.

Kirk Davis, Charles' son, is writing a book about his parents during the war.

It's titled, Joan and Charles: America in Love and War 1940-1943.

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.

He died in 1991 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Powered by Frankly