Happy Veterans Day! A special thanks to all of our military and their families for their service! It’s truly a Team effort! Following is a picture of my father and his friend while serving in Korea in 1953.
Roland Davis (left) & Timothy Perkins (right) – Korea 1953
During my childhood, I don’t remember my father talking much about his service. Most of what I will tell you today is either documented in his discharge papers, based on my research, or based on family history.
On 5 November 1952, Roland Davis reported to Montgomery, AL for in processing which consisted of uniform issue and mental and physical exams. I believe his basic training was done at Camp Stoneman, CA per his brother Roosevelt. When the US Army inducted him for the Korean Conflict, my father was 20 years old. Prior to entering the service, he lived with his mother and three brothers in Mobile, AL.
They met in high school. He came up to her in the cafeteria and said, “Hi, I’m Roland. I’m on the football team. What’s your name?” She responded, “Alice”.
“Nice to meet you. Do you have a phone at home? Can I call you sometime?” Roland asked hoping the answers to all his questions were yes!
Alice thought Roland was handsome. She hoped he really would call.
The year was around 1950. Both Alice and Roland attended Central High School in Mobile, AL. Roland was one of the star running backs (or wide receivers – we are researching this). Everyone that attended Central High’s football games knew that if Roland got the ball, he was going to score a touchdown. He was always in the local newspaper for his many achievements with football and track. He was truly a star at Central High! Continue reading →