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 (1970-)
Last local address: 6 Pine Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on October 13, 1967
MOS: 16F20, Light Air Defense Artillery Crewmember
Tour Start Date: October 18, 1968
Service number: 67037580
Unit: I Field Force, 108th Artillery Group, 44th Artillery Regiment, 1st Battalion, D Battery
Born to Willie J. Davis Jr. (1925-1981) and Sue Mae Wiggins (1929-1994) in Farmville, North Carolina. Three sisters, Aurelia M. Barton (1951-2014), Barbara G. Davis Armstrong (1945-1996), and Catherine Dozier (1955-). Two brothers, Tyrone (?-?) and Willie Jr. (1947-2001).
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.
Posted on thewall-usa.com on December 5, 2015, by Sandy Holmes
A best friend in school. For a gallant war hero. We ate lunch almost every day together in high school. Willie made a promise that he would stay in touch. My boyfriend and his best friend, my other best friend, all drafted, my mother’s brother, his son, and my cousins were all in Vietnam -Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, 101st and 82nd, the same time as Willie. I always wondered what happened to Willie. It wasn’t until 1998 that I found out Willie was killed. Part of my heart left me that day. Willie, Willie, Willie! In 1967, he and I talked about a fellow classmate’s brother who was the first killed from Stamford, CT. Then Willie. Now we are in touch, wherever you are. With Love, Sandy
Buried at Sunset Memorial Park, 9705 U.S. 264 Alternate, Farmville, North Carolina; plot number S2710A.