Davis, Leland LaFroy

Date of birth:
March 25th, 1917 (Callins/Mississippi, United States)
Date of death:
June 14th, 1942 (Kiska/Alaska, United States)
Buried on:
American War Graves 1941-1945 Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: 60. Grave: 8347.
Service number:
O-146517
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class
Unit:
Patrol Squadron 41 (VP-41), Patrol Wing 4, U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
April 1943
Action:
"The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Machinist Leland Lafroy Davis (NSN: 0-146517), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Commander of a Navy Patrol Plane in Patrol Squadron FORTY-ONE (VP-41), Patrol Wing FOUR, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Aleutian Islands, Territory of Alaska, on 11 June 1942. Machinist Davis made daring, repeated dive-bombing and strafing attacks on Japanese ships and four-motored patrol planes in Kiska Harbor despite severe adverse weather conditions and fire from anti-aircraft and shore batteries. Machinist Davis' bomber was on a patrol mission on 11 June 1942, when the Japanese submarine was sighted running on the surface eight miles away. Machinist Davis flew into the clouds to escape detection, came out one mile from the submarine as it began to submerge, and plunged downward in a bombing run. Two depth charges were released just ahead of the wake. Almost ima­mediately the submarine blew its tanks and emerged, bow first, with a large oil slick spreading from either side of its hull. Machinist Davis' outstanding courage and determined skill were at all times inspiring and in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."
Details:
Posthumously awarded
Navy Cross
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class
Unit:
Patrol Squadron 43 (VP-43), Patrol Wing 4, U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
April 1943
Purple Heart
Details:
Posthumously awarded

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