Private First Class Edward C. Davis was assigned to the 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division (Old Hickory). The unit was made up of National Guardsmen from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. The 30th Division went into Normandy across Omaha Beach on D-Day +5. It secured the Vire-et-Taute Canal and crossed the Vire river on 7 July 1944.

The Division was selected to be the spearhead of the breakthrough into St-Lo on the 25th of July. On the 24th and 25th, the Division suffered devastating friendly fire losses on both days. A planned carpet bombing of the battlefield by allied bombers went off target when the marking smoke shifted away from the target. The Division lost over 100 men in casualties including Lt Gen McNair.

PFC Davis was killed in action on the 25th of July 1944 and is interred at the Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, plot F, row 3, site 45.

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