When it comes to serving their country the Davis family may have the world’s record. The 11 brothers served 158 years between them.
Most are still alive, including 85-year-old Edward Auguster Davis who is very proud of their service to their country.
Davis was born in Alabama and raised in Pittsburgh. Currently residing in Dubois, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951, and attended the University of Denver after completing his term in the military.
“I enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 until 1955. I was in the reserves 1958 until 1962. In 1962 it was back on active duty in the Air Force until 1963. From 1963 until 1980 I was in the Army, that is when I retired.”
Davis along with brothers Benjamine, Calvin, Washington, Octavious, Alphonza, Nathaniel, Julius, LeBronze, Frederick, and Augusta served in the U.S. military.
“I chose the military because I wanted to serve my country, get resources to further my education, and travel,” Davis said.
”The reason for so many of us choosing the military was economics, and was for a chance to get a higher education. While other siblings were drafted into the military.”
All of his siblings received honorable discharges.
Davis and his siblings received several awards and recognition for their dedication and service. Some of the awards and campaign decorations he and his siblings received were; the Vietnam Service Metal, National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Good Conduct Metal and Army Commendation Metal.
Davis also struck upon great opportunities while serving in the military and helping to keep our country free. During his military career, Davis was able to work with the Los Angeles County Health Department and attend training with the CDC in Atlanta. Davis was able to travel, just as he wished.
A majority of his siblings are still living, and they communicate with each other often.
“We communicate with each other at least once a month,” he said.
”I would advise young Black soldiers to get all education possible, set a goal and stick to it. Be sure to save money for the future. Never forget that they are an Americans.
“I feel the military is better equipped now, I know that the Blacks are getting a chance for good assignments, and being promoted when qualified.”
Davis and his siblings are a representation of Black history, and an example of the sacrifices and challenges Blacks faced for equality and opportunity.
This summer the Davis’ will hold a Family Reunion in Pittsburgh, Aug. 28-30. A special honor will be bestowed on the living siblings during the reunion.
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