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James Davidson


Date and Place of Birth: circa 1919 East Northport, NY
Date and Place of Death:    April 8, 1945 Pacific
Baseball Experience: College
Position: Unknown
Rank: Lieutenant (jg)
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations

Baseball Hero Killed in Action
Suffolk County News - May 11, 1945

James R. Davidson, Jr., was born in 1919 in East Northport, New York. He was an outstanding baseball star at Northport High School, and after graduating with honors in 1937, he entered Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Graduating in Civil Engineering in 1943 with top honors in his class, Davidson also earned a reputation as the best baseball player to ever play at Drew up to that time. He was offered a contract by the New York Giants, but instead of signing, he enlisted in the Navy and went to Midshipman’s School at Columbia University.

Davidson initially served aboard a minesweeper in the Atlantic before assignment to the Pacific Theater in October 1944. Lieutenant (j.g.) Davidson was killed in action on April 8, 1945. His body was never recovered and he is memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial in Hawaii.

Suffolk County News (Sayville, NY) - May 11, 1945

Date Added: May 5, 2013

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