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07) Edward N Davis, MD

 




 

Edward N Davis, MD

November, 2011

 

 


Background

When he received his draft notice in 1967, Dr. Ed Davis was a general practitioner serving patients in the Walhalla area.  His office was located on North Tugaloo Street in the same building with his Father, Dr. John T. Davis.  The draft notice was not unexpected in that classmates at the South Carolina Medical College were also being drafted.  Dr. Ed, as he was known, did not contest this obligation.  He felt fortunate to have been allowed to complete his medical studies at the South Carolina Medical College via a student deferment.   While an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, Ed participated in the ROTC program with the expectation of entering the Air Force as a commissioned officer upon graduation.  When Ed received his draft notice he was 33 years old, married with four children.   Initially, he was stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA.  Because of his family situation, it was felt he probably would not be required to serve in a combat zone (aka, Vietnam).  Within six months he was on his way to Southeast Asia.  Being a physician he enter military service with the rank of Captain.   

Upon arriving in Vietnam, Capt. Davis was assigned as a general medical officer to a medical facility at Chu Lai which is located about half way up the coast of South Vietnam.  After about five months he was moved to Duc Pho where he was designated as Brigade Surgeon.  As Brigade Surgeon he had additional administrative duties but also the prerogative to do and go where he felt he could do the most good.  Not caring for “desk work” he spent considerable time visiting remote brigade facilities and responding to emergency medical situations.  On one of these emergency calls he accompanied a helicopter evacuation team that picked up a seriously wounded soldier that had been shot in the leg during the ongoing fire fight.  The soldier was unconscious and bleeding profusely from a severed leg artery when pulled into the helicopter.  The details of what transpired next is best described by the official commendation which resulted in his being awarded the Bronze Star for courageous and meritorious service.  


 

                                                                    

 

During Capt. Davis’ one year tour of duty in Vietnam he was awarded two Bronze Stars.  As displayed on his uniform it is referred to as a Bronze Star with an oak leaf cluster.  One star was awarded for courageous service and the other for meritorious performance as Brigade Surgeon.  In addition he was the recipient of the Air Medal having accumulated 53.5 hours flying in combat zones.  It should be noted that for a non combatant to receive medals normally associated with combat situations is unusual.

 

A side note to this article:
   The helicopter pilot associated with this event was from Toccoa, GA.  Coincidentally two Walhalla natives served in the same brigade (approximately 6,000 men).  John Carver was the top sergeant of the brigade and Jack Brucke, Jr. was a combat soldier.

    

 

                                                      The above article appeared in the Keowee Courier

 

 

After serving in Vietnam for a year Capt. Davis returned state side to Fort McPherson in Atlanta, GA.  While at Fort McPherson he was promoted to the rank of Major. This was a surprise and totally unexpected.






Major Davis receives his Major Insignia.




 

In retrospect Major Davis says the surgery, and medical care, he saw in Vietnam was amazing and heroic.
 

 

 

 
 
Carol Carter with Ed
 
Neighbor Carol & Ed in his flower garden

In Repose:

 Dr. Ed is retired and now spends his time “growing things”.  He maintains both a flower and vegetable garden.   He enjoys his family; wife Carolyn, four children, and four grandchildren.     

                   

 

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