Creator

Date Original

1925

Description

This certificate was presented to Herman Davis of Manila, Arkansas, by the French government.

Biographical/Historical Note

Herman Davis was born January 3, 1888, to Jeff and Mary Ann Vance Davis at Manila, MississippiCounty, Arkansas. As a child, he would shoot game in the woods near his house, killing as many as400 ducks in one day. His excellent marksmanship skills served him well during World War I. He triedto enlist but was rejected due to his 5'3" height. However, he was drafted and inducted into the Armyon March 4, 1918, serving as a private in Company I, 113th Infantry, 29th Division. As a scout he wasexposed numerous times to poison gas. He was honorably discharged March 19, 1919.Due to his remarkable service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Croix de Guerre withPalm, the Croix de Guerre with Gilt Star, and the French Medaille Militaire. His family learned of hisvalor in the war only after General John J. Pershing published a list of the greatest heroes of World War Iwith Davis listed as fourth. Due to his exposure to poison gas, he developed tuberculosis and died duringan operation on January 5, 1923.Herman Davis State Park at Manila (Mississippi County) in northeast Arkansas was named for Davis. Theone-acre park surrounds a monument to him. Thanks to a penny drive by the school children of Arkansas,a 25-foot granite spire stands behind the life-size marble statue of Herman Davis. He was buried at thebase of the statue.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Mississippi

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.007.004

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Herman Davis Croix de Guerre certificate, SMC.007.004

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Herman Davis Croix de Guerre certificate, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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