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Michael Shannon Davison was American military officer. Decorated Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre (France); Grand Cross of Merit, Bavarian Grand Cross of Merit (Germany); knight 1st class Royal Order of King of Thailand; Distinguished Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with V and oak leaf cluster, Air medal with 8 oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster.


Davison, Michael Shannon was born on March 21, 1917 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of Paul Root and Gladys Marie (Hamm) Davison.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1939. Master of Public Administration, Harvard University, 1951. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Maryland.


Second in command Lieutenant, United States Army, 1939;advanced through grades to general, United States Army, 1971;intelligence officer, 45th Infantry Division, North Africa and Italy, 1942-1944;lieutenant colonel, commander, Division Infantry Battalion, 1944;staff officer, Headquarters VI Corps., 1944;promoted to colonel, United States Army, 1945;served in variety of staff and command positions, 1945-1961;corps chief of staff, then to brigadier general, United States Army, Europe, 1962;commandant of cadets, United States Military Academy, 1963-1965;major general, The PentagonLieutenant general, deputy commander-in-chief, United States Army Pacific, 1968-1970;commander-in-chief, Field Force, Vietnam, 1970-1971;general, commander-in-chief, United States Army Europe, 1971-1975;commander, Control Army Group, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 1971-1975;vice president development, Joseph R. Loring & Associations, 1975-1984. Member world board directors United Service Organizations, 1975-1991, president, 1975-1978. President Shannon Enterprises, Ltd., 1981-1989.


Member Association Graduates United States Military Academy (president 1983-1989), Army-Navy Country Club (Chairman of the Board Governors 1990-1993), German American Business Association (chairman board advisors), United States Cavalry Association (Chairman, Board Of Directors 1992-1994), Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association (chairman finance committee, vice Chairman, Board Of Directors).


Married Jean Helen Miller, June 22, 1940 (deceased December 1983). Children: Michael S. Davison, Mistress C. Clifton Hill III, Donald A Davison. Married Helen Walker Beals, February 2, 1985.

Paul Root Davison

Gladys Marie (Hamm) Davison

Jean Helen Miller

Helen Walker Beals

Michael S. Davison

Mistress C. Clifton Hill III Davison

Donald A Davison