Ricardo Gonzalez DavisSergeant First Class
RT COPPERHEAD, CCN, MACV-SOG, 5TH SF GRP
Army of the United States
17 March 1941 - 11 July 1974
Carlsbad, New Mexico
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The database page for Ricardo Gonzalez Davis
SFC Ricardo G. Davis was from Fort Stockton, Texas, where he was born. He attended Fort Stockton, Texas, and Carlsbad, New Mexico, schools. He entered the Army from Carlsbad, New Mexico, in 1958 at the age of 17. He was in his third enlistment and was assigned to MACV-SOG when he apparently was killed by small arms fire while a member of a six man team that had been inserted into Laos. His body has not been found. He is remembered by his communities of Fort Stockton and Carlsbad, and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Midland, Texas.
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 20 March 1969, a six-man reconnaissance team - RT COPPERHEAD - was attacked while operating in Saravanne Province, Laos, about 11 miles west of Kham Duc. SFC Davis, a medic and the team leader, was was hit by rifle fire in the upper chest and face. Before being forced to withdraw under fire, the assistant team leader, Sgt James C. LaMotte, and one other team member checked SFC Davis but found no signs of life. Circumstances precluded bringing SFC Davis' body out with them, and the enemy presence in the area precluded insertion of another team to search for his body.
Given the absence of absolute knowledge, the Army classed SFC Davis as Missing in Action, and he was carried in that status until the Secretary of the Army approved a Presumptive Finding of Death on 11 July 1974. His remains have not been repatriated.
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Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 29 Oct 2004
Last updated 04/07/2008