World War II Veteran Celebrates his 100th Birthday

A huge blue and white sign that has a giant 100 and James L. Davis name, in the front lawn of the venue for his birthday Party

James L. Davis, a World War II Veteran, celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by family, friends, and special guests. The event was attended by the mayor of Snellville, the Gwinnett County commissioner, and a Color Guard. Mr. Davis has led a remarkable life, marked by service, courage, and leadership. When asked what his advice for a long life is, Mr. Davis simply said, “You’ve got to keep moving.”

100 Year old WWII veteran stands with his daughter, both smiling for the camera James L, Davis stands with his friends and family.

Life and Military Service

Mr. Davis was born on March 31st, 1923, in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up during the Great Depression and worked as a projectionist for segregated movie theaters in the city. But his life took a different turn when he was drafted into the United States Army in 1943.

He served in the Pacific theater during World War II in Saipan. Furthermore he was also sent to Jungle Nair camp, in Hawaii, where he trained all soliders heading into the war in the Pacific. Mr. Davis rose to the rank of Sergeant during his time in the military, winning numerous awards for outstanding leadership.  He was honorably discharged on January 18th, 1946.

The mayor of Snellville, Barbra Bender, stand behind a podium giving a speech declaring it James L. Davis day.

The mayor of Snellville, Barbara Bender.

James L. Davis holds up procolomations from the mayor and congress declaring it James L. Davis day

Being Recognized for his 100th Birthday

Mr. Davis was recognized for his leadership and work helping bring Fair Housing to Black residents in St. Louis, Missouri during the civil rights movement. Mr. Davis’s leadership and commitment to justice have left an indelible mark on his community and serve as an inspiration to us all. The event was marked by the Mayor of Snellville, Gwinnett Commissioner Jasper Watkins, and Congressman Hank Johnson Jr. issuing proclamations declaring March 31st. 2023 as Mr. James L. Davis day.

A US Army themed gift table with a painting of James, and a US Army Nutcracker James L. Davis stands behind his cake table with a giant 100 behind him

A birthday cake in the shape of a pit helmet on a plate colored camoflage to match the forest.

US Army WWII Birthday Cake

As Mr. Davis celebrates his 100th birthday, we are reminded of his extraordinary life and the impact he has had on so many people. His leadership and courage in the fight for fair housing continue to inspire us today. Above all Mr. Davis’s legacy is a reminder that, even in the face of injustice and adversity, we can make a difference and create a better world for future generations. Happy 100th birthday, James L. Davis, and thank you for your service, leadership, and dedication to justice.

The color guard stands wearing 17th century regalia, about to present the flag to Mr. Davis for his WWII Service  

Mr Davis waving to his guests while he stands next to his cake and his 100th Balloon

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