Ed Davis

Edward Anthony Davis (1939 - 2006)

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Captain Edward Anthony (Ed) Davis
Born in Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Died in Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 28 Aug 2019 | Created 18 Jun 2018
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Captain Ed Davis was A Prisoner of War for 2727 days during the Vietnam War.



Captain Ed Davis served in the United States Navy in the Vietnam War
Service started: March1964
Unit(s): VA-152, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Service ended: March 1987


Captain Edward Anthony Davis was born on 16 August 1939 in Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States to Edward Francis Davis (1913-1971) and Joan Delores Frankenberg. Norristown is a community outside of Philadelphia.


He attended Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Villanova University before being appointed to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland from 1958-1962. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Naval Science. He was commissioned through the Naval Academy before he started flight training in March 1964. He was the oldest of 6 children.

Marriages and Family

He married twice.

  1. Lois Elaine Bender (1939-2018) on 20 March 1965 in Alameda, California. They divorced.
  2. Karen Wheeler

Children of the Davis-Bender Marriage

  1. Amanda K. Davis
  2. Jennifer E. Davis married Chris Meyer.

Military Service

His tour of duty with the United States Navy began in 1962 after graduation from Annapolis. While on assignment with Attack Squadron 152 off of the U.S.S. Oriskany (CVA-34), he was shot down in August 1965 while flying an A-1E Skyraider on his 57th combat mission over North Vietnam.

Prisoner of War

He was a Prisoner of War for 2,727 days in North Vietnam. [1] That's about 7 and 1/2 years. He had reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander when released on 12 February 1973. He made headlines because he had smuggled a puppy out of Hanoi to keep it from being eaten by the guards. Her name was MaCo.

Military Honors
His 3rd Silver Star Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. In August 1967, his captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

  1. 3 Silver Stars
  2. Legion of Merit with V Device
  3. 4 Bronze Stars with V for Valor
  4. 2 Purple Hearts
  5. Meritorious Service Medal
  6. 5 Air Medals
  7. 3 Navy Commendation Medals with V Device

Death and Burial

Captain Davis died of pancreatic cancer on 7 November 2006 in the Essa Flory Hospice Center in Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was 67. He was cremated and given several memorials. His military funeral was held on 2 May 2007 in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington, Virginia. He was accorded full military honors including a flyover by Navy fighter pilots. It was reported that there were about 250 mourners, family and military officers in attendance. His local Sertoma Club of Lancaster even chartered a bus to take the members to the ceremony. Find A Grave: Memorial #24768390 There are photographs of Ed and his headstone to be found there.


  • 1939 St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania baptismal record for Edward Anthony Davis on 2 September 1939. Parents named and birth date given. His sponsors were William Byrnes and Catherine Davis. The priest was Father Joseph Roane. It also gives his marriage to Lois Elaine Bender at the Naval Air Station Chapel in Alameda, California on 29 March 1965 by Msgr Robert J. Quinn.
  • 1940 United States Federal Census on 15 April in Upper Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Family 9. [2]
  • Veteran Tributes [here]
  • 1963 U.S. Select Military Registers for Lieutenants Junior Grade for Edward Anthony Davis on 6 December.
  • 1970 U.S. Select Military Registers for Lieutenant Commanders in January for Edward Anthony Davis.
  • 1977 U.S. Select Military Registers for Unrestricted Line Commanders on 1 October for Edward on active duty.
  • 1983 U.S. Select Military Registers on 1 October for Edward on active duty.
  • 1993 U.S. Public Records Index for Edward living in Millersville, Pennsylvania.
  • Obituary, Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home [here]
  • Arlington National Cemetery Website for Edward A. Davis view all articles and photos [here]
  • U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index for Edward with birth and death dates.
  • U.S. Social Security Death Index with last place of residence and birth and death dates.


  1. NAMPOW List
  2. 1940: Davis, Edward F. 27, b. Pennsylvania, 2 years college, salesman, head; Joan D. 20, b. Pennsylvania, 3 years high school, wife; Edward 8 months, b. Pennsylvania, son.


Darlene Scott Kerr created Davis-47904 on 18 June 2018, added bio, sources and photos. Part of personal Vietnam POW project. Not a family member of mine. If a family member who is a member of WikiTree wishes to take this over and has more information, please let me know.

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A-1E Skyraider of the 1st Special Operations Squadron, 56th Special Operations Wing
A-1E Skyraider of the 1st Special Operations Squadron, 56th Special Operations Wing

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On 19 Jun 2018 at 00:19 GMT Darlene (Scott) Kerr wrote:

PLEASE do not change the placement of the reference and footnote notations. Data is lost if you do. No rule that I know of that says you have to have no space between "Sources" and References or can't have footnotes. Thank you.