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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1936


(Born D. C.)

Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr.1

(Ap'd Ill.)


(Born Dec. 18, 1912, Washington, D. C.)

Military History. — Cadet U. S. M. A., July 1, 1932 to June 12, 1936, appointed

(2d Lt., Inf.)

At Ft. Benning, Ga., Co. Off., 24th Inf., Sept. 12, 1936 to Sept. 1, 1937; student off., Inf. School, to June 16, 1938; at Tuskegee Institute, Ala., P. M. S. & T., July 27, 1938, to ––––

(1st Lt. Inf., June 12, 1939)

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: — Tuskegee Institute, Ala, PMS and T, 27 Jul 38‑

(1st Lt Inf 12 Jun 39)

(Capt AUS 9 Sep 40)

Feb 41; ADC to CG 4 Cav Brig, ‑May 41; AC Primary, Basic, Adv Flt Schs, Aug 41‑

(Maj AUS AC 1 Mar 42)

(Lt Col AUS AC 1 Mar 42)

1 Mar 42;

(Trfd AC 28 May 42)

No Africa, Sicily, CO 99 Ftr Sq, Aug 42‑Sep 43; Selfridge Fld Mich, Italy, 12 and 15 AF Co 332 Ftr Group, Oct 43‑

(Maj AUS 27 May 44)

(Col AUS AC 29 May 44)

(Col AUS 1 Aug 44)


Jun 45; Godman Fld Ky, CO 477 Bmb Gp, ‑Mar 46; Lockbourne AFB O, CO 332 Ftr Wg,

(Capt AC 12 Jun 46)

(Lt Col USAF 1 Jul 48)

Aug 49; Maxwell AFB Ala, Stu AirWC, ‑Jun 50;

Croix de Guerre w/ Palm

Died, July 4, 2002, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 89.​a

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

The Author's Note:

1 Father, Col. Benjamin Oliver Davis, Cav.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Davis died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The date and place of his death are from contemporaneous newspaper articles, and confirmed by multiple print sources including the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Several good biographical sketches of Gen. Davis are found online, including on the Arlington National Cemetery page linked above; also noteworthy is Military Times article of May 10, 2015, focusing more on his days as a Cadet. The article was prompted by Military Academy's decision to name a new cadet barracks for him: Davis Barracks was completed in January 2017.

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