Korean War Legacy Project

Delmer Davis


Delmer Davis was born on July 25, 1931 in Greene County, Arkansas. At the age of 16, he enlisted in the US Army in 1948. He was deployed to Japan in 1949 and, as the Korean War broke out, was selected to be a part of a newly formed special operations company, the Raiders. He participated in many special operations throughout Korea including missions in Inchon, Wonsan, and Chosin Reservoir. After leaving the Korean War in April 1951, he continued his career in the military and retired in 1975 as a Chief Warrant Officer.



Video Clips

Special Forces: The Raiders

Delmer Davis talks about a special forces unit called the raiders which he was chosen to be a part of. He describes the selection process, training, and mission of this close combat unit of 100 men.

Tags: Basic training,Front lines,Weapons

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Gunsan Landing: Sept. 12, 1950

Delmer Davis talks about the Gunsan Landing, an operation that he and the special operations company participated in on Sept. 12, 1950 while the Inchon Landing was taking place. Delmer Davis describes the operation in detail and remarks that he feels his unit was used as a decoy for the Inchon Landing.

Tags: 1950 Inchon Landing, 9/15-9/19,Incheon,Front lines,North Koreans,Physical destruction

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Missions on Gimpo Peninsula

Delmer Davis talks about several missions that his unit participated in on the Gimpo Peninsula. He describes working with other military units and capturing enemy soldiers.

Tags: 1950 Inchon Landing, 9/15-9/19,Incheon,Chinese,Communists,Front lines,North Koreans,Physical destruction

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Searching for the Chinese

Delmer Davis talks about the raiders' mission near Wonsan. He describes moving far forward of the front lines in search of enemy forces, eventually locating 10,000 Chinese troops.

Tags: 1950 Wonsan Landing, 10/25,Wonsan,Chinese,Fear,Front lines,North Koreans

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