Earl E. Davis is a man I never knew. He died four years before I was born but I have adopted him as one of my own. Earl is buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery along with thousands of other heroes and since I came to Gettysburg and began to participate in the Sgt. Mac National Wreath project, I have always raced to Earl’s grave to put a wreath on his final resting spot. His grave was the first grave on which I placed a wreath in December 2013 and I felt a real connection to Earl.

A little about Private Earl Davis: He served in the 145th Infantry Regiment as a private during World War I. He was stationed in France from June to November 1918 near the town of Verdun and his sacrifice to our country and our freedoms must never be forgotten. Earl was wounded in action on or about Sept. 27, 1918. Following his military service, Earl returned home to Cumberland County where he held numerous jobs, including a machinist with the railroad. He also worked as a stone mason and an automobile mechanic. He passed away on Feb. 4, 1966.

Harry Hartman is the publisher of the Gettysburg Times. Contact him at hhartman@gettysburgtimes.com or 717-253-9403.

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