FRANK M. L. DAVIS, LCDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 16, 1920
Date of death: September 10, 1946
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

1942 Davis LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:

FRANK McDOWELL LEAVITT DAVIS

Frank, F.M.L., Leavitt

He spouts Shakespeare, voluble French, nonsense after taps. He plays a mandolin, piano, soccer, chess. He works on sonatas, Masqueraders, Lucky Bag, Log, victims for the Book-of-the-Month Club. He has the world's sleepiest countenance at reveille, a weakness for the funnies, an appreciation of any joke!—good or bad. Summary: in the vernacular, he's a noble lad.

Soccer, aNf*, Fencing, f42t; Log 4; Lucky Bag; Chess Club 4, 3, 2, 1, President; Mandolin Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Masqueraders 4, 3, 2, 1, President; Choir 4, 3, 2, 1; Star 4; 1 Stripe.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.

Loss

From Wikipedia:

Lieut. Commander Davis later commanded a Naval torpedo bombing plane squadron in World War II, and perished while on duty in a Navy plane crash off Malta in 1946.

He has a memory marker in the Naval Academy Cemetery. No next of kin was listed.

Frank was named in honor of Frank McDowell Leavitt, who was instrumental in the creation of the modern torpedo.


Class Navigation

Class of 1942
Frank is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.
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