Historic Markers Across Alabama

Major Charles W. Davis, Infantry - United States Army / Above and Beyond

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: in the Riverfront Park at the end of Commerce Street, Montgomery, Alabama
County: Montgomery
Coordinates: N 32° 22.925    W 086° 18.799
  32.38208333    -86.31331666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMD2DZ


Major Charles W. Davis, Infantry
United States Army

A native of Montgomery, graduate of Lanier, alumnus of the Universities of Alabama and Maryland, Major Davis was awarded the Medal of Honor as Executive Officer, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. "For distinguishing himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on Guadalcanal Island. On 12 January 1943, he volunteered to carry instructions to the leading companies of his battalion which had been caught in crossfire from Japanese machine guns. With complete disregard for his own safety he made his way to the trapped units, delivered instructions, supervised their execution and remained overnight in this exposed position.

"Above and Beyond"

The following day, Davis volunteered to lead an assault on the Japanese position holding up the advance. His rifle jammed, he drew his pistol and led the assault. Electrified by this action, his soldiers followed and seized the hill. The capture broke Japanese resistance and the battalion was then able to secure its objective." During a distinguished 32-year career, he served on the Army General Staff and graduated from the National War College. Among many important assignments, he commanded the 503d Regiment of the 11th Airborne Division. During the Vietnam War, he advised the South Vietnamese Army in combat. Retired as a Colonel in 1972, he died in 1991. He is buried in Arlington. His service reflects great credit on Montgomery, on Alabama, and on the Nation.

Erected 2003 by Alabama Historical Association.

End of Major Charles W. Davis, Infantry - United States Army / Above and Beyond