Val J Davie Obituary

claudettebirdsall Member Photo

Clipped by claudettebirdsall

Val J Davie Obituary - Val J. July 22, 1930 ' KEIZER - Val was born in...
Val J. July 22, 1930 ' KEIZER - Val was born in Portland, Oregon to a family that goes back to the first settlers of Oregon. Val was the oldest of three children. Val attended Parrish Junior High School in Salem and went to Salem High School, which is now North Salem High. In 1946 Val took a break from school and went into the Navy until 1948. He went back to high school in 1948 and graduated in 1949, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in the Philippines, Okinawa, China, the occupation forces in Japan, and then Korea, where he served with the third division as a recon medic at the Chosin Reservoir, better known as the "Frozen Chosin" where 30 below zero was the norm. That is where he got his lung frozen. Heading north at about the 38th parallel the tank he was hitching a ride on hit a land mine. Val found out just recently that he was the only survivor. Val got peppered peppered with shrapnel and lost a large piece of his skull. Upon leaving the military after 7 12 years service he served in numerous numerous positions, Oregon state prison guard on death row, a psychiatric aide in the criminally insane unit at the State Hospital, Fairview School (which is now closed), then to Reno, Nevada where he worked for Raymond Smith, owner of Harolds Club, bodyguarding Smith's son Harold. In 1976 after holding numerous positions while attending the University of California, Sacramento police school, he became Chief of Police of Citrus Heights a bedroom community of Sacramento. In 1980 Val returned to Salem, Oregon Oregon to the Oregon Correctional Institution, retiring in 1984. Val was active in many Veteran's organizations, The American Legion Post 9 Salem, American Legion Post 17 Keizer, Korean War Veteran's Association Oregon Trail Chapter Portland, Korean War Veteran's Association Association Iron Triangle Chapter Salem, The Military Order of the Purple Heart member for 55 years. The Military Order of the Purple Heart named Val Veteran of the Year for 2005. Val's military citations included: National Defense Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star with V for Valor, Purple Heart, French Croix De Guerre, Korean Presidential Citation, and the Korean Service Medal with 5 battle stars. Val is survived by the love of his life, Violet Wendler of Keizer, companion, companion, best friend, and care giver. Daughters, Valerie Oakley of Portland, and Candace Hamilton of Keizer; three sons of Santa Maria, California, Allen Davie, Mike Davie and V. Jason Davie; a brother, Jerry Bacon of Sacramento, California; sisters, Janice Nelson and Sherrel Shoop of Salem; six grandchildren, 4 girls and 2 boys; and one great-granddaughter. great-granddaughter. great-granddaughter. Memorial services with military honors will be held at 1 1 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. Private interment at Lone Oak Cemetery, Stayton. Davie -April -April 25,2006

Clipped from Statesman Journal30 Apr 2006, SunMain EditionPage 23

Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon)30 Apr 2006, SunMain EditionPage 23
claudettebirdsall Member Photo

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in