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.
He married twice.
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.
He was a Prisoner of War for 2,727 days in North Vietnam.  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.
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.
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.
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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On 19 Jun 2018 at 00:19 GMT Darlene (Scott) Kerr wrote:
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