Austin R. Davis
Captain, United States Marine Corps
graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he was appointed Second Lieutenant,
United States Marine Corps on July 1, 1894. He was promoted to First Lieutenant
on June 2, 1898 and to Captain on March 3, 1899.
He was killed-in-action in Peking, China, on July 13, 1900, while serving with the Allied Legation during the Boxer Rebellion in that country.
His momument in Section 1 of Arlington National
Cemetery was "erected by Officers of the United
States Marine Corps."
"I regret to report the death of Capt. A.R.
Davis, who was killed at my side in the advanced trench. He was killed
almost instantly. I had his body brought in with the wounded, and he is
buried here in Tientsin, his grave being marked. This was all I could do.
"In this action, in which 22 officers and 326 men, under Col. R.L. Meade, participated, Capt. A.R. Davis, U.S. Marine Corps, was killed at the side of his commanding officer in the advanced trench; Capts. William B. Lemly and Charles G. Long, First Lieuts. Smedley D. Butler and Henry Leonard were wounded; a sergeant, a corporal, and 2 enlisted men were killed, and a sergeant, 2 corporals, and 12 enlisted men were wounded.
"To record the instances of gallantry displayed by our officers and men at the capture of Tientsin would almost be equivalent to a publication of the entire roster."
DAVIS, AUSTIN R
Photos By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003