SSG Anthony D. Davis - 1/75th Ranger Reg.


running up that hill
Jan 3, 2007
in Wonderland, with my Alice Archive/2009/January/090107-02.html

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Jan. 7, 2008) — An Army Ranger serving with 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment died Jan. 6 while conducting combat operations in Northern Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Anthony D. Davis, 29, was killed during a direct-fire engagement by a heavily armed enemy combatant. The enemy combatant was subsequently killed when he engaged the assault force. No other Rangers were injured.

“Staff Sergeant Davis leaves behind a legacy in the countless Rangers who he has trained, influenced and befriended through numerous years of service and multiple deployments with this Regiment,” said Col. Richard D. Clarke, 75th Ranger Regiment commander.

“Today our Nation mourns the loss of Staff Sergeant Anthony Davis,” said Lt. Col. Brian Mennes, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment commander. “A man who selflessly chose to serve his country during this tumultuous period in our nation’s history in a manner that is both honorable and respected. Staff Sergeant Davis died defending his nation fighting alongside his buddies, leaving behind hundreds of Rangers who called him their friend.”

Davis was in his sixth deployment in support of the War on Terror with three previous deployments to Iraq and two to Afghanistan.

A native of Daytona Beach, Fla., Davis initially entered the Army on Oct. 10, 2000 was assigned to Company C, 1st Bn., at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., July 3, 2001. He served as a fire team leader with Co. C and a team leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Company.

He earned his Ranger Tab when he completed U.S. Army Ranger Course at Fort Benning, 2002.
Davis is survived by his mother, Ellen Davis of Fayetteville, N.C.; his stepfather, Nelson Buckwald of Florida; sister, Staff Sgt. Nakischa Davis, Fayetteville, N.C.; and, niece, Ariana also of Fayetteville.

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RIP Ranger Davis. My thoughts and prayers out to the men he served with, and to his family and friends back at home.



He was getting old and grouchy
and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he had fought in
and the deeds that he had done.
In his exploits with his buddies;
they were heroes, everyone.

And 'tho sometimes, to his neighbors,
his tales became old hat,
all his buddies listened,
for they knew whereof he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
for ol' Lou has passed away,
and the world's a little poorer,
for a Ranger died today.

No, he won't be mourned by many,
just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
quietly going on his way;
and the world won't note his passing;
'tho a Ranger died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
their bodies lie in state,
while thousands note their passing
and proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories,
from the time that they were young,
but the passing of a Ranger,
goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution,
to the welfare of our land,
some jerk who breaks his promise
and cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow,
who in times of war and strife,
goes off to serve his Country
and offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
and the style in which he lives,
are sometimes disproportionate,
to the service he gives.

While the ordinary Ranger,
who offered up his all,
is paid off with a medal
and perhaps a pension, small.

It's so easy to forget them,
for it is so long ago,
that our Lou's and Tom's and Johnny's,
went to battle, but we know.

It was not the politicians,
with their compromise and ploys,
who won for us the freedom,
that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
with your enemies at hand,
would you really want some cop-out,
with his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Ranger,
who has sworn to defend,
his home, his kin, and Country,
and would fight until the end?

He was just a common Ranger
and his ranks are growing thin,
but his presence should remind us,
we may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
then we find the Ranger's part,
Is to clean up all the tousles,
that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor,
while he's here to hear the praise,
then at least let's give him homage,
at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline,
in the paper that might say:


RIP Ranger Davis. You will be missed.... :(
R.I.P. Warrior

May God continue watching over you and your family. I thank you for your service to our Army and Country.

Semper Fi,

SSG Davis, I never got the chance to say goodbye when I ETs'd and just finding out that you are gone is a horrible, tragic thought. I was blessed to have worked alongside some of the best men the SOF could train and we all came back after each rotation. But, for the first time, I've lost sometime who was close to me in this war. Before you, 1/75 hadn't lost a ranger since Takur Ghar in '02 and those three guys where our "AIRBORNE RANGERS IN SKY". Now you are my Airborne Ranger in the Sky and it won't be the same when I go back to Savannah to visit the guys.