Davidson, Alfred Pennington

Alfred Pennington Davidson was born on 13 June 1948 in New Castle, Delaware.  He enlisted in the US Army on 28 April 1967 and trained as a Combat Medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. By 1969, Specialist Davidson was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division in the Republic of Vietnam. On 25 March 1969, Specialist Davidson's unit had the mission of interdicting an enemy supply route in the Plei Trap Valley area. As the lead platoon of the two platoon size friendly unit moved forward, they came under intense fire from an unknown size enemy force. In the initial contact, several personnel were severely wounded. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Specialist Davidson moved forward from his position in the rear to aid his comrades in the forward elements. Placing himself in the direct line of fire, he carried wounded personnel to safety on several occasions. As the friendly unit continued to advance on the enemy they again came under intense enemy fire from well-entrenched troops occupying the high ground. Again, without regard for his personal safety, Specialist Davidson advanced under a hail of small arms, automatic weapons and grenade fire to treat the wounded. When an enemy grenade exploded near him, wounding him and throwing him down a steep hill, Specialist Davidson stood up undaunted and, with pistol in hand, attempted to move up the hill. He continued to provide covering fire for the wounded until he was ordered by the company commander to receive medical attention. For his gallantry in action while engaged in military against an armed hostile force, Specialist Alfred Davidson was awarded the nation's third highest medal for valor, the Silver Star. On 10 July 1969, Specialist Davidson was again with B Company as they were moving along a ridgeline near the city of An Khe when they came under heavy small arms fire from an enemy force of undetermined size. Realizing that friendly casualties had been sustained, Specialist Davidson rushed to the aid of his fallen comrades. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Specialist Davidson maneuvered from position to position, repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire to render aid to the wounded. For his acts of bravery this day, Special Alfred Davidson was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with V Device for heroism.

Alfred Davidson left the service in 1970. He spent his entire career in the hotel industry as an operator ,developer ,and partner/owner in hotels. Alfred ended up in Huntsville, Alabama as the General Manager of the Huntsville Marriott.