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Lyal Ament Davidson, American navy officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal with gold star, Legion of Merit with gold star, Mexican Service Mecdal, Victory Medal, 2d Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, European-African, Middle Eastern Area Campaign Medal (United States); Companion Military Order of the Bath (British), mentioned in dispatches (England), Officer Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre with palm (French).


Davidson, Lyal Ament was born on December 2, 1886 in Muscatine, Iowa, United States. Son of Joseph Trimble and Judith (Ament) Davidson.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1910, Master of Science, Columbia, 1917.


Commissioned ensign 1911 and advanced through grades to rear admiral 1941. Commander 9th Destroyer Division, United States Fleet, 1934-1936. Commanding officer United States Ship Relief, 1938-1939, United States Ship Omaha, 1939-1940.

Commander Cruiser Division 8, United States Atlantic Fleet. Commander cruisers Atlantic Fleet. Task Force commander assaults on French Morocco, Sicily.

Italy and Southern France. Retired with rank of vice admiral, 1946. Professor naval science and tactics University of Michigan, 1940-1941, United States Naval War College, 1942.


Member of the United States Naval Institute, American Society Naval Engineers, Quarterdeck Society (University Michigan). Clubs: Rotary, Army and Navy (Washington), University (Michigan).


Married Carolyn Gwathmey, June 3, 1916. Children: William Gwathmey, Judith Ament, Carolyn Tayloe.

Joseph Trimble Davidson

Judith (Ament) Davidson

Carolyn Gwathmey

William Gwathmey Davidson

Judith Ament Davidson

Carolyn Tayloe Davidson