Carl Raymond Davis

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
03 April 1949 - 18 January 1968
Manchester, Missouri
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Carl Raymond Davis

02 Apr 2008

We miss you and love you. Mom is now with you and Dad.

Carl always had a beautiful smile on that beautiful face of his. He had dimples, and dark hair. He was always kind to people, even those he didn't know personally.

From his sister,
Karen May Davis Taft

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 3rd Bn, 4th Marines' Command Chronology for January 1968 contains an extensive description of a bitter fight which occurred near the destroyed Gia Binh village about 4 kilometers east-northeast of Con Thien (Hill 158) on 18 January.

On that day Company "M" (Mike 3/4) was directed to establish blocking positions northeast of Con Thien, while Company "L" (Lima 3/4) conducted a sweep north toward the Mike 3/4 positions. At 0945 Lima made contact with what appeared to be a reinforced NVA platoon. Lima 3/4 deployed against the NVA, only to encounter very heavy fire which resulted in immediate casualties and which effectively cut off and pinned down Lima's advance elements. Mike 3/4 was directed to send a platoon to move up on Lima's flank. By noontime NVA artillery firing from within the DMZ had joined the fray, as had Marine artillery and air, and the Mike 3/4 platoon had joined on Lima's position and engaged the enemy - but it was evident that NVA reinforcements had also arrived and it now appeared a company-sized or larger NVA force was involved. A second platoon from Mike 3/4 was directed against the NVA's flank and succeeded in flushing the NVA from their fighting positions into the open. As the afternoon progressed the 3/4 Marines managed to consolidate their positions, while India 3/4 and a company from the 3/3 Marines were brought in to protect the Lima and Mike 3/4 positions from flanking attacks. By late afternoon the fighting had tapered off; the NVA withdrew toward the DMZ while Lima and Mike 3/4 withdrew to the Battalion perimeter, bringing their dead and wounded with them. India 3/4 and the 3/3 company swept the battlefield as Lima and Mike withdrew, finding 162 dead NVA soldiers. The action cost the lives of ten men from Lima 2/4 (including an artillery Forward Observer), while one Corpsman in the Mike 3/4 position was killed by NVA artillery. The eleven men were

  • 3rd Bn, 4th Marines
    • 2ndLt Thomas J. Hoare, Bellerose, NY (Silver Star)
    • HM3 Cecil D. Belt, Duncan, OK, Corpsman H&S Co with L/3/4
    • HN Jeffrey S. Aker, Covington, KY, Corpsman H&S Co
    • LCpl Robert M. McConnell, Mansfield, OH
    • Pfc Tyrone Brown, Newark, NJ
    • Pfc Samuel Bruce, Jacksonville, FL
    • Pfc Carl R. Davis, Manchester, MO
    • Pfc Michael Kane, Canoga Park, CA
    • Pfc John S. Kmiec, Chicago, IL
    • Pfc Theodore O'Brien, New York, NY

  • I Btry, 3rd Bn, 12th Marines

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Karen May Davis Taft

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 02 Apr 2008
Last updated 04/11/2008