Joseph Moore Davidson
First Lieutenant, United States Army
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1922
Home Town: St. Joseph, Louisiana
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph M. Davidson, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near La Polka Farm, France, November 4, 1918.
First Lieutenant Davidson's line was stopped 300 yards from the La Polka Farm by a terrific concentration of machine-gun fire directed from the high ground and woods on the farm. By his coolness and courage he quickly collected together a platoon, and leading them across open ground swept by machine-gun fire, he attacked the machine guns. Just before reaching the enemy, Lieutenant Davidson was killed, but his men, inspired by his coolness and devotion, fought on and captured the machine-gun nests.
DAVIDSON, JOSEPH M
1ST LT CO E 318 INF 80 DIV
DATE OF DEATH: 11/05/1918
BURIED AT: SECTION S EH SITE 4366
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 25 December 2005 Updated: 11 November 2007
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 23 April 2004