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Davis, Raymond Gilbert Sr.

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Born: 1915 AD
Died: 2003 AD, at 88 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: General

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1915 - Born on the 13th of January in Fitzgerald, Georgia.

1933 - Graduated from Atlanta Technical High School, Atlanta, Georgia.

1938 - Finished Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Georgia School of Technology.

       - Resigned his commission in the U. S. Army Infantry Reserve to accept appointment as a Marine second lieutenant.

1939 - He completed the Marine Officers' Basic School at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

1940 - Returned to shore duty in July for weapons and artillery instruction at Quantico, Virginia, and Aberdeen, Maryland.

1941 - He was assigned to the 1st Antiaircraft Machine Gun Battery, 1st Marine Division at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

       - Promoted to first lieutenant in August.

1942 - Upon his promotion to captain in February, he was named battery commander.

       - Appointed Executive Officer of the 1st Special Weapons Battalion, 1st Marine Division.

1943 - He was promoted to major on 28th of February.

       - In October he took over command of the battalion and served in that capacity at New Guinea and Cape Gloucester.

1944 - Named as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division.

       - In October, he returned to Pavuvu and was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

       - Returning to the United States in November he was assigned to Quantico as Tactical Inspector, Marine Corps Schools.

1945 - He was named Chief of the Infantry Section, Marine Air-Infantry School, Quantico, in May.

1947 - He was the 1st Brigade's Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations and Training).

1948 - 1949 - Became the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4 (Logistics).

1949 - 1950 - Returned to Guam in May, he was named Inspector-Instructor of the 9th Marine Corps Reserve Infantry Battalion in Chicago, Illinois.

1950 - 1951 - Earned the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for his part in rebuilding the regiment after the Chosin Reservoir campaign.

1952 - Received award from President Harry S. Truman in a White House ceremony on 24th of November.

1960 - Completed the course at the National War College in Washington, D.C.

1964 - Assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps and served as Assistant Director of Personnel.

1966 - He was promoted to major general in November.

1968 - 1969 - Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Civision.

       - Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and three personal decorations by the Vietnamese Government.

1970 - Promoted as lieutenant general on 1st of July and was reassigned duty as Commanding General, Marine Corps Development and Education Command.

1971 - President Richard M. Nixon nominated him for appointment to the grade of general and assignment to the position of Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

1972 - He retired from the post of Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps on 31st of March.

2003 - He was awarded the James A. Van Fleet Award by The Korea Society.

       - He died of a heart attack at the age of 88 on 3rd of September.

2006 - General Ray Davis Middle School opened near his former home in Conyers, Georgia.


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