1002 Spring 2019 An Army Colonel Tells His Story: 1931 thru the End of the War in the Pacific (1945)
Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, May 15
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne
Instructor: Ron Davis
Ron Davis will present “My Dad’s Call to Duty,” a March 1999 video interview with his father, Colonel Ray Davis, US Army retired. During this interview, Col. Davis recalls his military experiences, beginning with the Michigan National Guard in 1931 and ending after WWII. At the time he was interviewed he was 86. After Col. Davis passed away at 91 in 2003, Ron collected his father’s memorabilia and photographs to create this video. Many have found Col. Davis’ story fascinating, tying in political, economic, and military events. The video presentation has two parts:
- Part 1: 1931–Dec 6, 1941. The state of the army before WWII, his unit’s role in a huge, depression-era labor strike at General Motors in 1937, and the pre-war mobilization of Guard units.
- Part 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.
is a retired career 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.