Three War Marine Hero

General Raymond G. Davis

Colonel Richard D. Camp USMC (Ret)

The first biography of Marine General Raymond Davis, who was decorated for bravery in both WWII and Korea, and went on to serve as a commanding general in Vietnam.
Date Published :
November 2020
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Contributor(s) :
Gen. James N Mattis (Ret)
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40 photos
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612009391
Pages : 264
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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The first biography of Marine General Raymond Davis, who was decorated for bravery in both WWII and Korea, and went on to serve as a commanding general in Vietnam.

"...Ray Davis was a hardened combat veteran. This was brought home to me one day while visiting a remote Army firebase in the jungle south of Khe Sanh. As the two of us strode along the jungle pathway, Davis suddenly stopped and peered intently into the thick green foliage. I suspected danger, brought my rifle up, and slipped off the safety. After a few moments, the general turned and casually remarked, “Dick, this reminds me of a command post I had on Guadalcanal.” I mumbled, “Yes, sir,” and surreptitiously fingered the safety to the “on” position. “Christ,” I thought in awe, “I was only two years old at the time of Guadalcanal. This is the old man’s third war!” — Dick Camp, introduction to book

A native of Georgia, Raymond Davis joined the Marine Corps after university and would go on to serve in three wars and be decorated for gallantry several times including the Medal of Honor for his actions at Chosin where his leadership saved countless American lives. He retired as a four-star general after 33 years in the corps.

Dick Camp, Marine veteran and historian, weaves memoirs, first-hand accounts, and his own personal memories of General Davis in this first biography of this archetypal "Old Breed" Marine.

About The Author

Colonel Richard D. Camp, a Purple Heart recipient, served 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps before retiring in 1988. Upon retirement he served as the Deputy Director, U.S. Marine Corps History Division and as the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Vice President for Museum Operations at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia. Currently residing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, he is the author of ten books and over 100 magazine articles on various military related subjects.


Part One: Formative Years, 1915-1941
Chapter 1: A Youngster from Georgia
Chapter 2: Second Lieutenant Raymond G. Davis
Chapter 3: The Old Breed: Special Weapons Battalion
Part Two: World War II, 1941 – 1945
Central Pacific: Guadalcanal
Chapter 1: “War”
Chapter 2: Operation Watchtower
Chapter 3: Landing and Defense
Chapter 4: Cactus Air Force
Chapter 5: Japanese Ground and Air Counterattack
Southwest Pacific: Cape Gloucester - Peleliu
Chapter 1: The Green Inferno
Chapter 2: A Steamy Pest-Hole
Chapter 1: Breakwater of the Pacific
Chapter 2: Death at the High Water Line
Chapter 3: A Ferocious and Wily Foe
Chapter 4: Bloody Nose Ridge
Chapter 5: Pope’s Hill
Chapter 6: Shot to Pieces
Chapter 7: Homeward Bound
1st Provisional Brigade: Guam
Chapter 1: “Pretty Good Plumber”
Part Three: Korea (Land of the Morning Calm)
Chapter 1: North Korea Strikes
Chapter 2: Send in the Marines
Chapter 3: Chinese Volunteers
Chapter 4: Out on a Limb
Chapter 5: Toktong Ridge Runners
Chapter: 6: “Retreat Hell”
Chapter: 7: The Great Pohang Guerrilla Hunt
Chapter: 8: “Above and Beyond
Chapter: 9: Peacetime
Part Four: Vietnam
Chapter 1: Provisional Corps Vietnam (PCV)
Chapter 2: Taking Command, 3rd Marine Division
Chapter 3: Assault from the Sky
Chapter 4: Swing Force
Chapter 5: Pacification: Winning Hearts and Minds
Part Five: Post Vietnam
Chapter 1: Post of the Corps: Marine Corps Development and Education Command
Chapter 2: Retirement


"Camp writes an awe-inspiring book of a humble and unsung Marine war hero—a national treasure who gave his absolute all in the service to his country, the Marine Corps, and his Marines. These facts come across clearly in substantive depth throughout the book. It is historically accurate and crafted in such a way that unmistakably brings Davis’s heroics to light and life for the reader."

- Military Review

"...a balanced and thoroughly researched study of Davis’s role in three wars that justifies the hero characterization in the book’s title."

- Marine Corps History

"...a good book told by a competent author; it’s well researched and written. If you’re a Jarhead, it’s a must read."

- The VVA Veteran

"A well-crafted biography of an important Marine commander. It illustrates well through Davis' career the Marine Corps of the mid-Twentieth century."

- Paul Westermeyer, Historian

"...explains unknown details of how [The Korean War] was fought and the brutal sub-zero cold the participants endured."

- Military History Online

"The author was Davis' aide-de-camp during the Vietnam War and writes with a personal knowledge of his subject. This work shines a well-deserved light on Davis and his service to his country."

- Military Heritage Magazine

"The book should prove to be a fun read for military history enthusiasts, but its greatest value is as a starting point for future research into Davis’ career that, hopefully, will further illuminate his importance to Marine Corps history."

- Naval History

"Richard Camp provides us with a well-researched account of the career of General Raymond Davis, from beginning to end, across three wars. His book is well researched, and accessible to both serious students of military history, as well as those exploring these events for the first time."

- The Northern Mariner

"This is Dick Camp’s eminently readable biography of a highly decorated officer whose name would have been familiar to Marines before 2000 but is perhaps not as well-known today. The book not only reintroduces that officer to us, but it is also an excellent survey of Marine Corps history from World War II through Vietnam through his eye."

- The Journal of America's Military Past

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