Montford Point Marine William "Rudolph" Davis dies at 92

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC)---Original Montford Point Marine and Portsmouth native William R. Davis has passed away at the age of 92, according to his son.

Davis was among 20,000 African-Americans who served in the Marine Corps between 1942 and 1949.

They were trained and served in segregated units commanded by white officers. Recruits were sent to boot camp in segregated facilities at Montford Point at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.

He was assigned duties as a machine gunner with the 52nd Defense Battalion and was recently awarded a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal for his service.

Commonly referred to by his middle name (Rudolph) to those who knew and loved him, Davis was a graduate of I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth.

The flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia will be flown at half-staff at the state capitol Monday in honor of Davis.

His funeral service will be held Monday at Providence AME Zion Church in Portsmouth.

It starts at 11:00 A.M.

(© 2016 WVEC)


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