Frederick Curtice Davis
, born 21 October 1915
in Rock County, Wisconsin
, enlisted in the Naval Reserve 7 July 1939
and was commissioned ensign 4 September 1940
. Serving with an observation squadron aboard the USS Nevada (BB-36)
, Ensign Davis was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941
, and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross
for his heroism at the moment of his death, when he was running forward to take charge of an antiaircraft machinegun
battery, since no planes were on board.
In 1943, the destroyer escort USS Frederick C. Davis (DE-136)
was named in his honor.
• Frederick C. Davis
. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
. Retrieved on March 21., 2007.