- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class
- Patrol Squadron 41 (VP-41), Patrol Wing 4, U.S. Navy
- Awarded on:
- April 1943
"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."