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Davison, Michael Shannon

Date of birth:
March 21st, 1917 (San Francisco/California, United States)
Date of death:
September 7th, 2006 (Washington, D.C./District Of Columbia, United States)
Buried on:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
Plot: VII. Row: C. Grave: 159.
Nationality:
American

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
45th Infantry Division "Thunderbird", US Army
Awarded on:
1944
Action:
During the pursuit of retreating German forces, then-Colonel Davison and his men found themselves surrounded by a German armored division at the small French town of Meximieux. Outmanned and outgunned, the battle raged for two days until the Germans were forced to abandon the assault and continue their retreat.
Details:
Headquarters, 45th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 215
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel
Unit:
VI Corps, U.S. Army
Awarded on:
1945
Legion of Merit - US Military
Action:
"Lieutenant Colonel (Cavalry) Michael Shannon Davison (ASN: 0-22051), United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as G-2 and G-3, SIXTH Corps, in the European Theater of Operations from 1944 to 1945."
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Rank:
Colonel
Unit:
U.S. Corps of Cadets, U.S. Military Academy
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1965
Legion of Merit - US Military
Action:
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit to Colonel (Cavalry) Michael Shannon Davison (ASN: 0-22051), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Corps of Cadets, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, from March 1963 to March 1965."
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Rank:
Major General
Unit:
Department of the Army
Awarded on:
August 19th, 1966
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
Action:
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Michael S. Davison (ASN: 0-22051), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility with the Department of the Army, during the period from May 1965 to July 1966."
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Rank:
Lieutenant General
Unit:
II Field Force Vietnam, Military Assistance Command Vietnam
Action:
"Lieutenant General Michael Shannon Davison (ASN: 0-22051), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commanding General, II Field Force, Vietnam, in the Republic of Vietnam, from 1970 to 1971."
Details:
Second DSM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
Rank:
General
Unit:
Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Europe
Action:
"General Michael Shannon Davison (ASN: 0-22051), United States Army, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army Europe, from 1971 to 1975."
Details:
Third DSM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
45th Infantry Division "Thunderbird", US Army
Details:
With Combat Valor Device
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Details:
Second BSM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Details:
Third BSM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
45th Infantry Division "Thunderbird", US Army
Details:
For wounds sustained during WW2
Purple Heart
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
45th Infantry Division "Thunderbird", US Army
Action:
For wounds sustained during WW2
Details:
Second PH received as Oak Leaf Cluster
Purple Heart
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
3 bronze service stars
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
"Germany"
Army of Occupation Medal
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Details:
3 Bronze Service Stars
Vietnam Service Medal (VSM)
Großes Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
US Army Parachute Badge

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