Staff Sergeant Winfred Davies was one of five brothers that served in WW-II. Winfred first served with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Company C as a medic in the Sicily and Italian campaigns. After Italy he was transferred into the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, as a medic with Headquarters Battery for the Normandy, Holland, Ardennes and Central Europe campaigns. Winfred earned the Silver Star medal in Italy with the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, the Purple Heart medal in Sicily with the 505, and an oak leaf cluster to the Purple Heart in Holland with the 456 Parachute Field Artillery Battalion. Staff Sergeant Davies made all four combat jumps.
Some of the files shown below were partially destroyed in the 1973 National Archives fire.
Our thanks to John Sheehy who brought Winfred's military history to our attention.
Winfred (left) and his brother Paul Davies in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Paul served in the 173rd Field Artillery Battalion - C Battery. He attained the rank of Sergeant and served overseas August 1943 to September 1945 .
The photo above is shown courtesy of the Davies family.
Winfred Davies enters the Army in March of 1942.
The Elmira Star Gazette, Thursday March 19,1942.
John Clancy, Frank Thompson, Winfred Davies,
Cabell Payne, Melvin Fryer, John Brooks.
February 5,1944.(Photo collection of Melvin Fryer)
After his passing, Winfred Davies is honored on the 50th anniversary of D-Day by Dr. Daniel McIllvoy.
Dr. McIllvoy was the Regimental surgeon for the 505 Parachute Infantry Regiment during the war.
The Elmira Star Gazette, Monday June 6,1994. Courtesy Newspapers.com.
After the June 15, 1977 release of the movie "A Bridge Too Far" by Cornelius Ryan, Winfred Davies
talked to his local newspaper about the September 17,1944 Combat Jump into Holland.
The Elmira Sunday Telegram, July 3,1977. Courtesy Newspapers.com.
There were five Davies brothers that served in WW-II .
They were Winfred, Lewis, Paul, John and Allen.
Some of Winfred's files shown below were partially destroyed in the 1973 National Archives fire.
Staff Sergeant Davies cemetery marker at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Elmira, New York.