Lloyd Carl Davis, 92, “Mustang” Lieutenant U.S. Navy (Ret.) died January 22, 2018. He was a devoted husband, proud and endearing father and grandfather and great grandfather; who will be missed dearly. His life was full of cherished memories and stories, plus numerous cross-country trips with his belated and adored wife of 59 years, Bettye Thomas Davis.
Lt. Davis enlisted in the US Navy as an Apprentice Seaman, in 1942, when he was 17 years old. He advanced through the Gunners Mate rating to Chief Petty Officer, permanent appointment; then was promoted to Warrant Officer (WO-1, Surface Ordinance); after which he was commissioned a line officer. He was a veteran of World War II, Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. Ships served in: USS Iowa (BB-61), 1943, “Plank Owner” and Mount Captain quad 40mm Machine Gun; USS Columbus (CA-74); USS Los Angeles (CA-135), USS Alcor (AK-259); USS Mazama (AE-9); USS Boston (CAG-1); and USS Essex (CVS-9), where he was the ship’s Gunner, Division Officer, Officer of Deck (OOD) Underway. Shore duty assignments included Dam Neck, VA, Instructor 5 inch 38 mounts; and Balboa, Canal Zone, Naval Ammo Depot. Additional duties involved Naval Special Weapons. In essence, of the 28 years of military service the Gunner had 22 years of sea duty and 6 years of shore duty.
He was awarded the Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal with 4 stars, Navy Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 9 stars, Victory Medal WWII, Navy Occupation Medal with “Europe and Asia” clasps, China Service Medal Extended, National Defense Service Medal with one star, Armored Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two stars, and Philippines Republic Presidential Unit citation.
The “Mustang” Lieutenant retired from active duty in 1970 and enrolled at Old Dominion University where he earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Education.
In 1982 the Battleship Reactivation Program was in effect and Mr. Davis was hired by Vitro Laboratories Division, Oxnard, CA as an Instructor, 16”/50 Caliber Three Gun Turret, for turret crews of battleship USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62). He developed the curriculum; and, each turret crew received four weeks of instruction provided by Mr. Davis.
Mr. Davis was a Freemason of 50 years and a Past Master of Atlantic Lodge No.2 A. F. & A.M. and Past High Priest of John Walters No. 68 Royal Arch Chapter. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 4809, Disabled American Veterans NOMAD 52, plus the Veterans Association of USS Iowa (BB-61) and USS Columbus (CA-74).
He was born in Norfolk, VA in 1925 to the late George Thomas and Cleone Conwell Davis. Besides his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his brothers, George Mobrye Davis and Willard Blanchard Davis.
He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Davis Farmer Hughes, his four children Michael Thomas Davis Sr. and wife Donna of Herndon, VA; Richard Vestal Davis and wife Sabrina of Suffolk, VA; Jackie Ellen Davis of Norfolk, VA; Jeffrey James Davis and wife Rowena of Norfolk, VA; he is also survived by six grandchildren, Michael Thomas Davis, Jr., Rebeckah Kelly Davis, and Heather Lee Davis of Herndon, VA; SFC. John Christopher Lloyd and wife Courtney of Ft. Hood, TX, Mathew Steven Davis of Norfolk, VA and Justin Lloyd Davis of Davie, FL; three great-grandchildren, Aundrea Marie Lloyd, Johnathon Mobrye Lloyd, Emily Johanna Lloyd of Ft. Hood, TX and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held January 30, 2018, 10:30 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. Burial will follow at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Cemetery, Suffolk with full military honors.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, January 29th from 7:00pm until 9:00pm with masonic rites rendered and following the service at his home.
The “Mustang” Lieutenant has slipped his chain: Destination: Valhalla”. Amen. So mote it be.
Date: Monday, January 29, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 10:30 am
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