Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (10 & 11 December 2014)

Date of Auction: 10th & 11th December 2014


Estimate: £600 - £800

An impressive Silver Star group of fifteen named to Colonel Everett Davis, U.S. Army Air Force

Silver Star, unnamed, full wrap brooch; Legion of Merit, Legionnaire’s badge, enamelled, reverse engraved, ‘E.D.’, crimp brooch; Soldier’s Medal, edge numbered, ‘595’, unnamed, slot brooch; Purple Heart, enamelled, edge numbered, ‘103567’, unnamed, with two oak leaf clusters, slot brooch; Air Medal, reverse machine engraved, ‘Everett Davis ASN 0-380521’, full wrap brooch; Army Commendation Medal, unnamed, crimp brooch; Air Force Commendation Medal, reverse hand engraved, ‘E. Davis’, slot brooch; American Defense Medal, 1 clasp, Foreign Service; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, one silver and two bronze stars on ribbon; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, one silver and two bronze stars on ribbon; Victory Medal 1945; National Defense Service Medal; Philippine, Defense Medal; Philippine, Liberation Medal, enamelled, generally nearly extremely fine (14) £600-800


Colonel Davis enlisted in May 1939 and was commissioned in January 1941 and attained the rank of Colonel in 1952. He retired in January 1969 and died in August 1980. On 8 December 1941, he was stationed in the Philippines with the 93rd Bomb Squadron. Evacuating to Australia, the 93rd operated from Port Darwin. On 27 June 1942, after his aircraft was damaged by fighters, it crashed about 20 miles from Port Darwin and Davis was thrown clear, suffering only minor injuries. He returned to the burning aircraft several times to pull out injured and dead crewmen, receiving the Soldiers Medal for his actions. His story of this incident is included in the National Geographic Magazine (not with lot),which included a photograph of Davis recovering in the hospital. Davis received his first Air Medal for flights through May 1942. His records show his Silver Star was awarded in 15th Air Force General Orders 220, although the citation is not in his records. He flew with the 32nd Bomb Squadron, 301st Bomb Group, with 15th Air Force. His first Purple Heart would have been awarded for the action in which he earned the Soldier's Medal; his second award was for wounds received in July 1942 and the third was awarded for wounds received over Hungary on 27 June 1944.

With some copied service details and with riband bars added for display purposes.

This lot is sold as seen and is not subject to return. Please see saleroom notice on lot 280 for fuller details.