Byron Davis, a farmer from Monroe Township, Darke County, Ohio, was recently honored by VFW Post 7262, this past Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, when he was interviewed and his military “story” taken and entered into the Veterans Memorial Park & Digital Library (VMP&DL).
The interview was conducted by VFW member Mike Maloney, in the Mobile Unit of the VMP&DL at Greenville.
Byron is an active 98 year old Navy Veteran of WW II, and he is still “sharp as a tack”, according to Maloney.
Byron related how he enlisted in the Navy in late 1941 and was then assigned to duty on a Mine Sweeper based out of Kodiak Island in the Aleutians, off of Alaska.
In his tale, he reminisced of how he went Caribou hunting and of encounters with Kodiak Beers who could stand 16 feet tall when they were disturbed.
Byron went on to be discharged in 1945 and came back to Darke County to his wife and a long career of farming.
When asked what the “secret” of a long and satisfying life is, he commented “playing cards” ; which he does several times a week, and also “shuffleboard” when it is in season.
Hats off to this Veteran, one of the last remaining who served in WW II.