F304 Summer 2018 An Army Colonel Tells his Story: 1931 through the End of the War in the Pacific (1945)
Tuesday, 11:50–1:15, July 24
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Ron Davis
Ron Davis will present “My Dad’s Call to Duty,” a video interview with his father, Colonel Ray Davis, US Army Ret., in March 1999. During this interview, Col. Davis recalls his military experiences, beginning with the Michigan National Guard in 1931 and ending after WWII. His detail is amazing, because at the time he was interviewed he was 86. After Davis passed away at 91 in 2003, his son collected his father’s memorabilia and photographs to create this video for descendants. Many have found Davis’ story fascinating, tying in political, economic, and military events.
The video presentation has two parts:
1) 1931–Dec. 6, 1941: the state of the army before WW II, his unit’s role in a huge, depression-era labor strike at General Motors in 1937, and the pre-war mobilization of Guard units.
2) Dec. 7, 1941–1945: post-Pearl Harbor, including his unit’s movement to the West Coast, deployment to Australia and New Guinea, and assignments during his three-year tour.
Ron Davis is a retired intelligence officer who worked as an economic intelligence analyst for 41 years. He served at the Defense Intelligence Agency for 20 years and the Intelligence and Research Bureau of the State Department for 21 years.