Davis, Judson C., Jr.

Date of birth:
May 15th, 1921 (Charleston/West Virginia, United States)
Date of death:
September 12th, 1990 (Pensacola/Florida, United States)
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

Judson C. Davis remained flying eith the U.S. Navy after World War Two. He flew his first jet propulsion plane on December 15th, 1948 in a McDonnell FH-1 "Phantom". Finally he retired as Commander.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
Torpedo Squadron 84 (VT-84), U.S. Navy
Action:
Citation:
"For distinguishing himself by extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy, while serving as a pilot of a carrier based torpedo plane in an attack against a Japanese battleship on 7 April 1945. Displaying great skill and courage, he pressed home his torpedo attack despite extremely intense antiaircraft fire from all caliber weapons on the battleship and the surrounding screen. His torpedo was one of thirteen dropped in a concerted attack by the squadron, which scored at least nine hits on the battleship almost simultaneously. Without flinching he carried his torpedo in to close range through adverse weather conditions and intense enemy fire which included the main batteries, contributing materially to the complete destruction of the capital ship in a short time later. His courage, skill, determination and unswerving devotion to duty were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Details:
Received for his share in the destruction of the Japanese battleship Yamato on 7th April 1945.
Complete unit data: Torpedo Squadron 84 (VT-84), Air Group 84 (AG-84), U.S.S. Bunker Hill (CV-17) , First Carrier Task Force
Navy Cross
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
Torpedo Squadron 84 (VT-84), U.S. Navy
Action:
Synopsis:
"Received for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Air Medal (AM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Details:
Received as a Golden Star for on the ribbon of the first Air Medal.
Air Medal (AM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Details:
Received as a second Gold Star for on the ribbon of the first Air Medal.
Air Medal (AM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant (junior grade)
Awarded on:
June 21st, 1944
Purple Heart
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Awarded on:
July 21st, 1947
Details:
Received as a Golden Star for on the ribbon of the first DFC.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Details:
Received as a second Gold Star for on the ribbon of the first DFC.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Korean War (1950-1953)
Rank:
Lieutenant Commander
Details:
Received as a third Gold Star for on the ribbon of the first Air Medal.
Air Medal (AM)
Period:
Korean War (1950-1953)
Rank:
Lieutenant Commander
Awarded on:
1953
Details:
Commendation Ribbon with Combat Distinguishing Device.
Commendation Medal

Sources

  • Photo 1: Anthony Davis
  • Photo: Anthony Davis (Son of Judson C. Davis, Jr.)
  • - C.D. Sterner, Recipients of The Navy Cross, 1916 - Present
    - Award confirmation by letter from Naval Air Transport Service Command dated 27th October 1945
    - Lipo Davis (Son of Judson C. Davis, Jr.)

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