USAF Ssgt Ervin Davis

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.

4 thoughts on “USAF Ssgt Ervin Davis

  1. middy

    i like the idea of BEFORE AND AFTER pictures, i think you have done a fine job carrying on for your father. ” middy “

  2. kfrankrn72

    Thank you for this website. My dad enlisted in the Army Aircorp right after high school in 1942. He was a senior when the Japanese hit Pearl Harbor. He was in heavy bomber maintenance in Texas until 1958-59. He was one of the first Radar and computer programmers for the USAF; was an early programmer for Cheyenne Mountain for NORAD… before microchips!!! Computers were the size of houses then!!! Later worked at Udorn assigned to Radar and Computer operations from 1967 to 1968. He retired in 1969 and settled in Fort Worth. There he worked for the Texas Rangers as a patrol officer and later for the City of Fort Worth as a Warrant Officer with the Police Dept. He died in 2005. I do genealogy and am researching my daughter in law’s Laotian history. Her parents escaped Laos in the mid 70s. (the Circle of history goes round and round). Thank you for preserving this website. Bless you. Karen

  3. Linda Tassone Stutt

    I am the daughter of Samuel Tassone In the United States Air Force for 21 years from 1952-1973. We are trying everything to find someone who served with my dad in Laos from 1968-1970. My mother is extrembly ill and we need proof of his active duty during Vietnam War. He worked in helicopter rescue. You have a beautiful tribute and there are so many true Heroes in the military! Please notify me if anyone has any information or help. Thank you! May God bless our military heroes and wonderful that serve for our freedom and safety!!

  4. Larry Peters

    As the email address states, I am Larry. I’ve read a lot of things about your Dad. It would have been great to have know him.
    I am helping a veteran spouse with her DIC VA claim. I am trying to prove that her husband Galye Lewis Burns (deceased) actually set foot into Vietnam. He was on those “Emergency Recovery Teams” as well. I only have hearsay that those teams went into Vietnam to recover aircraft. If I could prove your Dad went to Vietnam, then I could likely prove Lewis went as well.

    I would like to see any reports stating that your Dad went into any Vietnam Air bases.
    Thank you for considering this matter.
    Best regards,
    Larry Peters, retired Air Force in 1988.


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