Dedicated to the memory of
James T. Davis
U. S. Army Security Agency
3rd RRU - Saigon, Viet Nam
First U.S. Serviceman in Viet Nam to be killed in
action, December 22, 1961.
National Security Agency Memorial Wall Entry
In addition to the photos on this site, check Bob Minot's web site at
for more information
Photos are the courtesy of Steve
Womack. See his email & notes below:
These signs are the front and back of the first picture below
||Looking at the DAVIS headstone
from the access road entering the Good Hope Cemetery. The road in
the back left is hwy 52 looking towards the east.
||James T. Davis headstone, facing
the cemetery access road. Hwy in the background.
||James T. Davis military marker located at the foot of his grave.
||Another shot of photo of photo #2
||Stone of James Davis' mother and father
||Mother and father's headstone again, showing his father's military marker
||Close up of James Thomas Davis military marker
||Military marker with U.S. flag that Steve Womack just placed
||View from hilltop
||Final view before leaving
This group of pictures were taken a few weeks later on February 5th, 2002
Email I received from Steve
Womack on Jan 9, 2002:
Harlan, Hal Castle suggested I drop you a note. I do not yet have a scanner for
my computer and just recently read the info on some of the ASA websites about
James T. Davis. I saw where he was from
Livingston, Tennessee which is a town I drive thru on a regular basis. I
grabbed my phone book for that area and got the number for SPECK Funeral
Home in Livingston. Speck's handled his services many years ago and they
were able to give me the directions to the GOOD HOPE CEMETERY where he
is buried. When I was there last week, I had my camera and a small
American Flag. Got a few photos, and got the flag planted. I figure it was the
least I could do for one of our brothers. On the back of the sign
where one enters the cemetery was a statement about GOOD HOPE CEMETERY
TRUST and info about a local Bank.
I telephoned the bank this morning to inquire about the TRUST
Department, and when the lady I was speaking with
inquired as to why I was asking, I explained about Davis being buried there. She
told me that she was his sister-in-law, that her sister was married to
Davis, and that his brother William Davis worked at the bank until last
year when he retired. I did tell her that James T. Davis was not forgotten.
She told me that there is a plaque
in the courthouse listing the war dead, but no other commemorative markers. Now, what I need is
to send the photos somewhere so they can be scanned,
and an appropriate place be found for them. I figure that this the least that I can do, and will
also be back thru Livingston next Wednesday
Jan 16th. Regards, Steve Womack 7th RRFS 1972-1973
Note from Steve packaged with photos:
Harlan, I phoned the Union Bank and Trust in Livingston, TN at 931-823-1247 to inquire about the GOOD HOPE CEMETERY
TRUST. And the lady in that department asked me why I was inquiring, when I told her about James T. Davis, she told me that Davis was her brother-in-law.
Her sister was married to him, and that Davis's brother Bill had worked at that bank until he retired last year. I think the woman's
name was Novene Stockton, but I will check for sure on my next visit to Livingston. She told me that there was a marker at the courthouse too.
I was back in Livingston last Wednesday (Jan 16, 2002) only to find out that they
roll up the sidewalks in that town on noon on Wednesday, so that they can be open on Saturday morning I would assume.
The marker at the Courthouse has Davis's face etched in the stone on a marker
saying he was the first killed in Viet Nam. On my next trip back it will be on a
Thursday so hopefully I can get to the bank when it is open, and I will also get a photo of the marker at the courthouse.
When I went to the cemetery, the flag I had placed on Davis's military marker had
been moved to his fathers' marker. I figured that I would just leave it there. It fit rather nicely I thought.
I am just the guy who runs the road and often carries a camera. Feel free to post whichever of these you like. I figure this is the least that I can do.
Regards, Steve Womack
7th RRFS 1972 - 1973
Memorial Day 2012
Each Memorial Day in recent years, the Associationís Board of Directors has authorized an expenditure of approximately $100 to purchase a wreath for the James Thomas Davis
gravesite in Livingston, Tennessee.
The Davis family has chosen to place the wreath at the flagpole erected by our Association and dedicated during our visit to Livingston during our 2006 Nashville reunion.
That tradition was continued in 2012. The wreath was placed by Tomís sister Janie and his sister-in-law Faye, the widow of Tomís brother Bill. (See attached photo.)
Last year (2011) was the 50th anniversary of Tomís death and was marked by a number of tributes, including a VFW magazine article entitled ď50th Anniversary: First U.S. KIA in
Vietnam,Ē which mentioned our tradition of placing a wreath at his gravesite on Memorial Day.
Thank you for your continued support of this tribute to the first of our fallen brothers.
Memorial Day 2011
Each Memorial Day in recent years, the Associationís Board of Directors has authorized an expenditure to purchase a wreath for the James Thomas Davis gravesite in
Livingston, Tennessee. Usually, the Davis family has chosen to place the wreath at the flagpole erected by our Association and dedicated during our visit to Livingston
during our 2006 Nashville reunion. That tradition was continued in 2011.
Tom's sister-in- law, Faye Davis (widow of Tom's brother Bill) sends this message:
"Thanks for the beautiful flowers. You are all special folks."
Thanks to our members for their support of this tribute to the first of our fallen brothers.
Memorial Day 2010
Bill Davis at the Tom Davis Memorial with the wreath that our association sent on Memorial Day. He and the Davis family were very appreciative.
Tom Davis' Grave
Veteran's Day 2008
The flowers were delivered by Glenn Toothman