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.”
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, Barbara Bender.
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.
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.
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