Three Croix de Guerre medals awarded to Herman Davis for his service during World War I.
3 medals, 4" x 6"
I chose this because Herman Davis is a forgotten American hero. His story is such a tragic story, and it highlights why we should honor our veterans. Davis served bravely and won this medal, but after the war he tucked it away in a fishing tackle box. Supposedly he only wore it once in public. After the war, he never talked about his days during the war. A few years later, Davis developed tuberculosis, probably aggravated by poison gas attacks he received during the war. He died in obscurity and his widow could not afford to buy a tomb stone for him. He paid such a high price and asked for nothing in return, and for that I think our country owes him and others like him such a debt of gratitude. - Brian Irby
Tales from the Vault - Celebrating 110 Years
Arkansas State Archives
Herman Davis Croix de Guerre Medal, ACC 2004.0115, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas
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