Fallen Warrior: Staff Sgt. Luther E. Davis

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For our Fallen Warrior commemoration this week, we remember Staff Sgt. Luther E. Davis, 37th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron pararescueman.
Davis was from Anderson County, Tennessee and served three tours in Vietnam.

Davis was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on April 11, 1947. He served three tours in Vietnam. His final tour began on August 15, 1969. While attempting to rescue a downed U.S. Army helicopter in Knotum, South Vietnam, Davis was shot when his rescue helicopter came under attack, but he continued to deliver accurate suppressive fire until his helicopter crash-landed in the jungle. Davis continued to recover his own crew while suffering severe burns to over 75% of his body.

Ten days later following the attack, on May 25, 1970, he died from wounds suffered in the crash. He was only 23 years old.

He earned the Silver Star, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, 15 Air Medals, three Purple Hearts, and numerous other awards and decorations throughout his service. He was survived by two sons, one of whom has served in Iraq as a Special Forces medic and the other who is a high school teacher. He is buried in Anderson Memorial Garden in Anderson County, Tennessee. Davis Manor located at Keesler Air Force Base is named in his honor. 
Editor's note: The Fallen Warrior series highlights Fallen Warriors who exemplify our core values and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Take a moment to honor this week’s hero.