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Raymond Gilbert Davis

career officer , real estate developer

Raymond Gilbert Davis was American career officer, real estate developer. Decorated Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service medal with 1 gold star, Silver Star with 1 gold star, Legion of Merit with 1 gold star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart; National Order of Vietnam, 4th and 5th class, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with 3 palms.

Background

Davis, Raymond Gilbert was born on January 13, 1915 in Fitzgerald, Georgia, United States. Son of Raymond Roy and Zelma Miranda (Tribby) Davis.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with honors, Georgia School of Technology, 1938;postgraduate, Marine Basic School, Philadelphia, 1954;postgraduate, Marine Corps School, Quantico, Virginia, 1954-1955;postgraduate, National War College, Washington, 1959-1960.

Career

Second in command Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps, 1938;advanced through grades to general, United States Marine Corps, 1971;served in United States Ship Portland, United States Marine Corps, 1939;Executive officer, battery commander, United States Marine Corps, 1941-1942;Executive officer, United States Marine Corps, 1942-1943;commanding officer, United States Marine Corps, 1943-1944;tactical inspector Marine Corps Schools, United States Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, 1944-1945;chief infantry section Marine Air-Infantry School, United States Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia, 1945-1947;assistant chief of staff, United States Marine Corps, Guam, 1947-1949;inspector- instructor, United States Marine Corps, Chicago, 1949-1950;commanding officer, United States Marine Corps, Korea, 1950-1951;action officer, United States Marine Corps, Washington, 1951-1953;assistant director Marine School, United States Marine Corps, Quantico, 1955-1957;assistant G-2, United States Marine Corps, Washington, 1957-1959;chief analysis branch, member of staff commander in chief, United States Forces, Paris, 1960-1963;assistant division commander, United States Marine Corps, Okinawa, 1963-1964;commanding general, United States Marine Corps, Philippines, 1963-1964;assistant director personnel, United States Marine Corps, Washington, 1964-1965;assistant chief of staff, United States Marine Corps, Washington, 1965-1968;deputy commanding, then commanding general, United States Marine Corps, Vietnam, 1968-1969;deputy education director Marine Corps Development and Education Command, United States Marine Corps, Quantico, 1969-1970;commanding general, United States Marine Corps, Quantico, 1970-1971;assistant commandant, United States Marine Corps, 1971-1972;retired, United States Marine Corps, 1972;executive vice president, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, 1972-1974;president, RGMW, Inc., Stockbridge, Georgia, since 1975. Appointed by President Bush as chairman Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory Board. Chairman Greater Atlanta Marine Corps Coordination Council.

Membership

Trustee, member board visitors Valley Forge Military Academy, Wayne, Pennsylvania, Marine Military Academy, Harlington, Texas, chairman board trustees, 1991. Board visitors Berry College, Mount Berry, Virginia, 1973-2003. Member Retired Officers Association (past president, honorary president for life, past president, life board directors First marine Division Association, life member, honorary president, board directors Third Marine Division Association), American Legion (life), Vets of Foreign Wars (life), Marine Corps League (life), Disabled American Vets, (life), Korean War Veterans Association (president North Georgia chapter).

Connections

Married Willa Knox Heafner, April 25, 1942. Children: Raymond Gilbert, Junior, Gordon Miles, Willa Kay Kerr.

father:
Raymond Roy Davis

mother:
Zelma Miranda (Tribby) Davis

spouse:
Willa Knox Heafner

children:
Raymond Gilbert Davis

Junior Davis

Gordon Miles Davis

Willa Kay Kerr Davis