Private Alfred T. Davis was assigned to Battery A, 60th Coastal Artillery Regiment. This unit was based in the Philippines. With the onset of war with Japan, this unit began a withdrawal to the Bataan Penisula, where pre-war battle plans decided that the Military forces could hold out until reinforcements could arrive from the States. There was no relief column. The regiment went into Japanese captivity. Japan did not sign the Geneva Convention for the proper treatment of POWs. Private Davis and 1800 other POWs were loaded onto the Hellship Arisan Maru, an unmarked cargo ship that was to transport them to Japan to be used as slave labor. On the 24th of October 1944, 225 miles east of Hong Kong, the American submarine USS Shark, without knowing who was on board, torpedoed the Arisan Maru. There were only 9 survivors of the POWs.
Private Davis was from Crossville, Tennessee. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Philippines.