WWII Heritage Society to meet

CANFIELD – William L. Davis will speak when members of the World War II Heritage Society meet at 6:30 p.m. July 21 at Ala Cart Catering. Dinner reservations are $14 per person and may be made by contacting David Frank at 330 757-0515. Deadline for reservations is July 18.

A newer organization member, Staff Sgt. Davis will share his experiences in battling the German armies in a bitter campaign. Born in 1925 and raised on the east side of Youngstown, Davis graduated from East High School. He worked at Mackenzie Muffler producing the fuel drop tanks so vital to the war effort prior to being drafted by the Army. Called to duty in January 1944, he became a squad leader in the 254th Regiment of the 63rd Division, a bona fide “G.I. Joe.” He also participated in breaking the Siegfried Line and was part of the Occupation Army of Germany, stories to be shared at a later date.

Following the war, Davis briefly worked at the Campbell works of Sheet & Tube prior to enrolling in Youngstown College and graduating with a degree in chemistry. For the next 20 plus years, he worked with the Environmental Protection Agency as an air pollution chemist. A church conspiracy led to his “hitching” with his wife, Delores, who is since deceased. They raised two daughters. He has spent countless hours volunteering in nursing homes since his retirement.