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Lieutenant Louis E. Davis
McLean County, Illinois

[McLean County, Illinois, in the World War, 1917-1918; by Edward E. Pierson & Jacob Louis Hasbrouck c 1921]
(Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier)

Louis E. Davis, Lieutenant in Aviation, was born November 24, 1893, in Bloomington. He died at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas, as the result of injuries of an airplane accident sustained May 10, 1918. He was the son of H. O. Davis.

The name "Louis E. Davis" was selected for the American Legion Post 55 organization by a committee composed of T. F. Harwood, James D. Foster and Oscar G. Hoose.

Their report included the following: "He was the first man of his class in camp to qualify as a reserve military aviator, and on the day of his death was then completing his bombing course, at that time the most advanced in aviation. At the time of his death he was preparing for overseas service. The remains of Louis E. Davis were buried with military honors in the Evergreen cemetery, Bloomington. It is fitting and proper that this organization gathering within its ranks those who gave and sacrificed for the freedom of country and mankind should honor itself by the choice of such a name."


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