Frederick Curtice Davis

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Frederick Curtice Davis
Born (1915-10-21)October 21, 1915
Rock County, Wisconsin
Died December 7, 1941(1941-12-07) (aged 26)
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1939–1941
Rank Ensign
Unit USS Nevada (BB-36)

World War II

Awards Navy Cross

Frederick Curtice Davis, born 21 October 1915 in Rock County, Wisconsin, enlisted in the Naval Reserve 7 July 1939 and was commissioned ensign 4 September 1940. Serving with an observation squadron aboard the USS Nevada (BB-36), Ensign Davis was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941, and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism at the moment of his death, when he was running forward to take charge of an antiaircraft machine gun battery, since no planes were on board.


In 1943, the destroyer escort USS Frederick C. Davis (DE-136) was named in his honor.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

"Frederick C. Davis". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved March 21, 2007.