I am the (proud) daughter of Ervin “Butch or Dave” Davis. Dad created these websites and I have maintained them after he passed away April 22, 2007.
Since he was a young boy, Dad always wanted to be a soldier and fight for his country. He enlisted in the USAF and began basic training in January of 1966 at the age of 19. His basic was in Texas, and he spent his first year in Lowry AFB in Colorado and George AFB in California. He trained and began working with Weapons and Munitions.
In December of 1966, Dad was transferred to Udorn, Thailand. He transferred PCS to Ubon, Thailand in Dec. 1967, and in late 1968 to December of 1969, he was in Yakota, Japan and Korea’s DMZ.
While in Thailand, Dad also participated in clandestine operations with Air America, which took him to Laos, as well as other countries. He was involved in “Project Waterpump” and DET-1 56 SOW during this time.
He was promoted to the Non-Commissioned Officer position of Staff Sergeant in 1968 after a recommendation from his superiors, and in December of 1969, he was honorably discharged from the USAF to become a “civilian” once again.
After the USAF, Dad worked in factories, until his medical problems caused him to pursue disability. After being cleared for disability, Dad remained very active in our local community, advocating for our neighborhood and founding Morningside-McCormick Crime Watch, Inc. He created many helpful resources for people, including these websites.
He had two kids, my brother Roy and myself, and was married to my mom Joan for 21 years before passing away in 2007.
He is missed, every day. Truly a great man, a great American and my hero.