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Charles Willis Davis
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Posted on the right is an article that tells an amusing tale about the heroics of one Captain Charles W. Davis (1917 1991), former resident of Guadalcanal, and his experiences with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Briefly put: Army Captain Davis volunteered to deliver a highly prized message to an isolated and thoroughly inconvenienced collection of G.I.s on Guadalcanal. Having arrived at their encampment, such as it was, (with some difficulty), the captain volunteered yet again, and began planning the deliverance of these much beleaguered soldiers by organizing a number of these men into a raiding party that will have at the assorted Japanese machine gun nests in the neighborhood. Young Davis exercised tremendous initiative upon encountering a pride of Japanese infantrymen who were not at all impressed with the captain's gumption. Getting his Irish up, Davis rallied his men to get their Irish up, too, and the remaining Japanese fellows were swiftly convinced that they ought to find something better to do with their time. These American soldiers soon found that they were no longer isolated, beleaguered or inconvenienced, thanks to Davis, and were then able to join their comrades in larger efforts and soon went on to win the day.

The Brass Hats in Washington took a liking to Captain Charles W. Davis; promoted him to major and awarded him the Congressional Medal of honor.

Here's the funny part: at some point thereafter, Davis is told to attend the classes at the Command and General Staff School where he was to learn the right way and wrong way to do things in battle - you'll have to read the rest yourself because it is all so terribly silly...

     


Irony at the Command and General Staff School ('47 Magazine, 1947)

Irony at the Command and General Staff School ('47 Magazine, 1947)

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