Davis, William Edgar, III

American (1776 - present, Republic)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Lieutenant (junior grade)
Pilot, Torpedo-Squadron 19 (VT-19), U.S. Navy
"For extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron NINETEEN (VT-19) embarked from the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-16), while assigned to strike major Japanese Fleet Units on 25 October 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, in the Philippine Islands. Participating in a vigorous strike against major units of the Japanese Fleet, including aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers and destroyers, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis boldly plunged through continuous, intense antiaircraft fire to carry out his attack on a Japanese aircraft carrier, first strafing and then delivering a well placed bomb from low altitude. After this attack the carrier was left burning and subsequently sank. By his superb airmanship, daring combat tactics and courage maintained in the face of tremendous opposition, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Davis contributed materially to the infliction of extensive damage and destruction on the Japanese Fleet in this decisive battle, and his gallant devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Navy Cross


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  • - Steiner, C.D., Recipients of The Navy Cross, 1916 - Present