We shall not forget


The Citadel Class of: 1926 Cpt. Wilton Earl Davis


Cadet Company: “A” – Pvt (4), “C” – Pvt (3), “C” – Pvt/Sgt (2), “A” – 2nd Lt (1)
(Source: 1926 Sphinx)
Age: 41
Born: 15-Jul-03 in Oconee County, South Carolina
Hometown: Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Family: Eva B. Davis (wife), Wilton E. Davis, Jr. (son), Walter R. Davis (father),
Lizzy Davis (mother), Clayborn (sister), Gatha (sister), Joe (brother),
Pruit (brother), Julian (brother)
Rank: Captain
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Servicenumber: O-229062
Entered the Service from: Louisiana
Function: Not Available
Company: Headquarters Area B / Lyon District
Unit: Delta Base Section
Date of death: 25-Dec-44
Status: DNB
Place of death: Lyon, France
Spot: Not Available
Awards: Not Available
Gravenumber: Plot C Row 6 Grave 8
Cemetery: Rhone American Cemetery
Biography: Not Available
Other information: We are indebted to one of those thriving towns in the Piedmont section of South Carolina for placing among
us one of its products in the form of a modest man, known to us as Wilton Davis. He took life easy for the
first two years of his stay here at the Military College. In his junior year he became ambitions [sic], and
hoping to some day become a second Napoleon, consequently he “put out” and was soon promoted to the
position where three stripes upon his sleeve identified him from the men in ranks. He clung tenaciously to
this honor, and in this senior year we find him a lieutenant in “Papa’s Army”. In the scholastic field, Wilton
has done his duty, electing Business his junior year and he will graduate near the top of his class in the
science of “penny pushing”. Socially speaking, Wilton’s modesty has somewhat cramped his style, but now
that he is a senior he has become a regular member of the gang and one may find his name among the
“also ran” list at every dance. We wish him the greatest success in this chosen profession, the business world.
Source: The Sphinx 1926

W.E. Davis Killed On Christmas Day
WALHALLA, Jan. 19. – Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Davis of Westminster were informed Tuesday that their son,
Captain Wilton E. Davis, 41, dies in France on December 25. They received the message through Captain
Davis’ wife in Alexandria, La., and details of his death were not learned.
A liaison officer in the Air corps, Captain Davis entered the Army about five years ago after having been
captain of a CCC Camp in Louisiana.[1] He was a graduate of the Citadel. Captain Davis was overseas for two
and a half years.
His wife and two children, Wilton Earle, Jr., and Letty Elizabeth, reside in Alexandria. Other survivors,
besides his parents, are eight brothers and sisters, Clayburn Davis, Mrs. Jerome Douglas, Cpl. Prue Davis,
Italy; Major Julian W. Davis, in France; Lt. J.W. Davis, returned from overseas; Walter Davis, Mrs. Robert
R. Bolt, and Miss Mary O. Davis.
Source: Greenville News, 20 Jan. 1945, p.2

Note: [1] Civil Conservation Corps; The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program that
operated from 1933 to 1941 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families,
ages 17–28. (Source: Wikipedia)

For information on CCC Camps in Louisiana http://louisianagenealogyblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/ccc-camps/

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Citadel Archive & Museum, Mike Stannard ’65, Ancestry.com, 1910 & 1940 US Census, The Sphinx 1926, Kevin Bristol ’92, Greenville County Library South Carolina Room, Find A Grave.com, Ben Savelkoul

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