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George S. Davis, Jr.
Commander, United States Navy
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George S. "Bud" Davis Jr., 84, a retired Navy Commander, died August 29, 2005, in Brighton Gardens at Friendship Heights in Chevy Chase. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Commander Davis was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and attended Bullis School, then located in Silver Spring, before entering the U.S. Naval Academy. Because of World War II, his 1943 Academy class graduated a year early.

After three months of special training at the Navy's submarine base at New London, Conn., he left for overseas duty with the Pacific fleet. His submarine performed patrols and special assignments from Australia to Alaska, most of the time in Japanese waters. The vessel and crew were awarded two Presidential Unit Citations, for participation in the battle of Midway and the occupation and defense of the Solomon Islands.

After serving on submarines during World War II, he transferred to surface ships and commanded several destroyers. He also served several tours of duty at the Pentagon before retiring in 1968.

In retirement, Commander Davis volunteered at Suburban Hospital, spent time with his grandchildren and traveled with his wife.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Barbara Davis of Chevy Chase; two children, Dennis M. Davis of Poolesville and Deborah D. Kelsey of Bethesda; and four grandchildren.


DAVIS, GEORGE S., JR. "Bud" (Age 84)

On Monday, August 29, 2005 of Brighten Gardens, Friendship Heights. Beloved husband of Barbara. He is survived by a son and daughter, daughter-in-law, son-in-law and four grandchildren. Funeral will be at 3 p.m., November 9 at Arlington National Cemetery.

GS Davis Jr Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, October 2006


Posted: 24 September 2005 Updated: 15 October 2006
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