Maj. Gen. Frederic E. Davison – Veteran of Two Wars and Executive Assistant to the President of Howard University

1 Posted by - February 18, 2023 - Black History, BLACK MEN, History, Military

Frederic Ellis Davison who died at 82 was a retired U.S. Army Major General. He was an honored veteran of two huge wars and an executive assistant to the President of the Howard University. Gen. Davison died during a kidney surgery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center on January 24, 1999. He was a resident of Washington and was the true native of the same city. He did his schooling from the Dunbar High School and graduated from Howard University in 1938. Gen Davison was then commissioned into the Army Reserve as the second lieutenant through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. His keen interest in professional education made him receive master’s degree in zoology from Howard University. This degree was not enough for him, so during his training in the military, he also did his master’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University.

In 1941, Gen. Davison was called for active duty in the Army and served as a strong infantry officer in World War II in Italy. After the war was over, he went back to America and served at various posts in the United States that included Washington and also in South Korea and Germany. Gen. Davison also completed his advanced courses from the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Army War College at Carlyle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

During the serious war thrash in Vietnam, Gen. Davison commanded the 199th Infantry Brigade in 1968, while later in Germany, he commanded the 18th Infantry Division to support the Army.  His final assessment with the Army was as commanding general of the Military District of Washington before his retirement in 1974. He then started another journey and became the executive assistant to the President of Howard University until he retired in 1985. In Howard, he was responsible for the modernize computer operations and also developed community shelter for homeless that was honored by his name for the sake of his work for the homeless.

Gen Davison was honored with multiple military decorations that included two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, The Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and two awards of the Combat Infantry Badge. Gen . Davison’s life was a complete inspiration for those who want to present every second of their lives for the protection of their state.

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  • WILLIAM S. BARRINGER August 13, 2020 - 1:16 pm

    This article is riddled with mistakes. I find it very sad given the brilliant career of this American patriot warrior who upon retirement, sought to continue his service in higher education for young people.