Honoring U.s. Marine Corps General Raymond Gilbert ``Ray’’ Davis, Sergeant Rodney Maxwell Davis, Major Henry Talmage Elrod, and U.s. Navy Seaman First Class Wendall Leon Jonesby Representative Austin Scott
Posted on 2013-12-11
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mr. AUSTIN SCOTT of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the
careers of several individuals from Georgia's Eighth Congressional
District who gave their all for our country and for our freedoms. They
have been posthumously inducted into Georgia's first-ever Military
Veterans Hall of Fame, and I would like to recognize them today.
United States Marine Corps General Raymond Gilbert ``Ray'' Davis hails from Fitzgerald, GA. In Korea in December 1950, then Lieutenant Colonel Davis personally led his battalion to victory in hand to hand combat against a strongly entrenched and numerically superior hostile force. For his valorous actions he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
United States Marine Corps Sergeant Rodney Maxwell Davis hails from Macon, GA. In Vietnam in September 1967 while his platoon was pinned down by a numerically superior force, he personally led his men in repulsing an onrushing enemy. With disregard for his own life, he saved many of his men by throwing himself on an exploding enemy grenade. He gallantly gave his life for his country and was awarded the Medal of Honor.
United States Marine Corps Major Henry Talmage Elrod hails from Ashburn, GA. On Wake Island in December 1941, as a fighter pilot, he personally destroyed an enemy warship and shot down two enemy airplanes before assuming command of a ground unit and inspirationally led his men against an attacking superior enemy force until he was killed in action. He gallantly gave his life for his country and was awarded the Medal of Honor.
United States Navy Seaman First Class Wendall Leon Jones hails from Tifton, GA. At the age of 16, he enlisted in the Navy. At age 17 the landing craft that he was aboard was sunk by a German U-Boat killing all but 89 of the 641 aboard. He was severely burned on the face and hands while rescuing Sailors and Soldiers. During the D-Day Landing, he was among the 51 survivors of a 600 man demolition unit, once again sustaining injuries to his hands during small arms fire fights. One month later at age 18, he was wounded again by shell fragments in the right ear, right ankle, and face during a demolition mission behind enemy lines. After recovering, he was headed to Japan when the war ended and he was soon discharged having just reached the age of 19. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for Valor and 3 Purple Hearts. He died at age 36 from injuries to his brain caused by wounds.