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134th Infantry Regiment

"All Hell Can't Stop Us"

35th Infantry Division emblem

Lt. Colonel John E. Davis

Commander Company C - Commander 1st Battalion

Lt Col John E Davis

Lt. Col. Davis entered service in the U.S. Army in May 1941. He reported first to Fort Snelling, Minnesota, before being sent to Camp Robinson, Arkansas, where he became Commander of Company C. Later he served as Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment. He separated from the Army on July 31, 1945, at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin.

After the war, in 1946, Lt. Col. Davis was elected Mayor of McClusky, North Dakota, serving until 1952. That year he was elected to the North Dakota Senate. He successfully ran for Governor and was inaugurated as the twenty-fifth Governor of North Dakota on January 9, 1957. He served as Governor of North Dakota 1957 - 1961.

Lt. Colonel John E. Davis was elected National Commander of the American Legion from 1967 to 1968. He was Commander when Viet Nam veterans were approved for membership. A Medal of Honor recipient was the first Viet Nam veteran to be signed up by the Legion and Lt. Colonel Davis' son, John Jr. was the second. He served as Director of Civil Defense and Civil Preparedness under Presidents Nixon and Carter. Following his retirement in 1976, he was awarded the Department of Defense Service Medal.

Lt. Col. John E. Davis passed away on May 12, 1990, in Rancho Mirage, California at the age of 77.

Left to Right - George Racely, Valentine, NE; Department Commander, Jim Sikyta, Ashland, NE, National Commander Davis; Henry Jacoby, Lincoln, NE; G. W. Saddler, Hastings, NE; Hal Cummins, Seward, NE; Bob Manifold, Lincoln, NE; Woodrow Dvorak, Brainard, NE and Clem McGuire Wisner, NE, Unknown

American Legion National Commander, John E. Davis of North Dakota had an occasion to once again meet and visit with some of his former war buddies of WWII who served with in the 134th Infantry. The occasion was his visit to the Department of Nebraska's Mid-Winter Conference this past February. (Year unknown)

Thanks to Phil McGuire, the son of 1st. Lt. Clement C. McGuire, for submitting these photos.

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