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Korean War - U.S. Air Force

George Andrew Davis Jr.

  • Rank: Major (Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel)
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    4th Fighter Group, 334th Fighter Squadron,
    5th Air Force
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Air Force
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 10, 1952
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Sinuiju-Yalu River area, Korea
Maj. Davis distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While leading a flight of four F-86 Saberjets on a combat aerial patrol mission near the Manchurian border, Maj. Davis' element leader ran out of oxygen and was forced to retire from the flight with his wingman accompanying him. Maj. Davis and the remaining F-86s continued the mission and sighted a formation of approximately 12 enemy MIG-15 aircraft speeding southward toward an area where friendly fighter-bombers were conducting low-level operations against the Communist lines of communcations. With selfless disregard for the numerical superiority of the enemy, Maj. Davis positioned his two aircraft, then dove at the MIG formation. While speeding through the formation from the rear, he singled out a MIG-15 and destroyed it with a concentrated burst of fire. Although he was now under continuous fire from the enemy fighters to his rear, Maj. Davis sustained his attack. He fired at another MIG-15 which, bursting into smoke and flames, went into a vertical dive. Rather than maintain his superior speed and evade the enemy fire being concentrated on him, he elected to reduce his speed and sought out still a third MIG-15. During this latest attack his aircraft sustained a direct hit, went out of control, then crashed into a mountain 30 miles south of the Yalu River. Maj. Davis' bold attack completely disrupted the enemy formation, permitting the friendly fighter-bombers to successfully complete their interdiction mission. Maj. Davis, by his indomitable fighting spirit, heroic aggressiveness, and superb courage in engaging the enemy against formidable odds exemplified valor at its highest.
Medal of Honor Recipient George A. Davis Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient George A. Davis Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 14, 1954
    Reese Air Force Base, Texas, presented by Gen. Nathan F. Twining to his Widow Mrs. Doris L. Davis
  • Born: December 1, 1920, Dublin, Erath County, TX, United States
  • Died: February 10, 1952, Sinuiju-Yalu River area, Korea
  • Buried: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl)(Wall of the Missing) Honolulu, Hawaii; City of Lubbock Cemetery (MH)(Headstone Only), Lubbock, TX, United States

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