November 15, 1948 (Farmville, NC) – May 19, 1969; 20 years old
Married to Anna Asberry Davis on October 11, 1968 in Norwalk
One son, Michael
Last local address: 6 Pine Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on October 13, 1967; MOS: 16F20, Light Air Defense Artillery Crew-member
Tour Start Date: October 18, 1968
Service number: 67037580
I FIELD FORCE, 108TH ARTILLERY GROUP, 44TH ARTILLERY REGIMENT, 1ST BATTALION, D BATTERY
Casualty Location: Thua Thien, South Vietnam
Willie is on The Wall at Panel 24W, Line 52
Awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal
From The Norwalk Hour May 24, 1969
SP4 Willie C. Davis, 20, husband of Anna L. Davis of 6 Pine Street, was killed by “friendly fire” on May 19 while serving in Da Nang, South Vietnam, with Battery D, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery, it was reported today. SP4 Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie J. Davis of 54 Henry Street, Stamford, enlisted in the Army in October 1967. He took his basic combat infantry training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and trained as a medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. According to Mrs. Davis, he was assigned to Vietnam as a medic last October and later was transferred to the artillery. SP4 Davis was born in Farmville, North Carolina, and moved to Stamford with his family in 1960. He attended Cloonan Junior High School and Stamford High School where he was active on the track team. Mrs. Davis the former Anna L. Asberry of Stamford, said she was notified of her husband’s death on Saturday. She said further details were unavailable at the time. SP4 Davis was a member of the Bethel African Methodist Church in Stamford. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Nick J. Downer Funeral Home, 54 West Main Street, Stamford. The soldier’s body will be brought to the Downer home and later transported to Joyner’s Funeral home in Farmville. Burial will take place at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Farmville. In addition to his wife and parents, SP4 Davis is survived by one son, Michael, 15 months; three sisters, Mrs. Barbara Armstrong, Aurelia and Cathy, all of Stamford; two brothers, Tyrone of Stamford and Willie J. Jr., of Farmville; a paternal grandfather, Will U. Davis of Farmville; a maternal grandfather, Elwood C. Wiggins of Farmville; a step-grandmother, Mrs. Hattie Wiggins of Farmville; a niece, Cosandra Armstrong, and a nephew, Anthony Davis, both of Stamford; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Willie is listed as buried at Sunset Memorial Park, Farmville NC, however the cemetery does not know the plot number, so no headstone picture is available. Contact made with the City of Farmville multiple times with no response. Contact also attempted with the funeral home that handled the service with no response.