James B. Davis, USN
James B. Davis, USN
  • May 2, 1927 - March 26, 2017
  • La Mesa, California

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James B. Davis passed away on March 26, 2017 at La Mesa, California. He was 89 years old. Born in Pittsburg, PA, to Thomas R. and Margaret (Bly) Davis, Jim grew up in the nearby suburb of Green Tree. Upon graduating from high school in 1945, he entered the Marine Corps, serving in WWII. A year later, he received a congressional appointment to the US Naval Academy and matriculated with the NAPS latecomers at Camp Peary, VA. While there, Jim played plebe football, competed in Brigade boxing and graduated with the Class of 1950 as a member of the 11th Company.

Upon graduation, Jim entered the Supply Corps and attended Navy Supply School at Bayonne, NJ before serving successive sea duty tours on USS Juneau (CLAA-119) and USS Tausig (DD-747), which participated in the Korean conflict. Shore duty at Mechanicsburg, Pearl Harbor, and San Diego followed and after a tour on USS Preble (DLG-15), he attended the Naval Postgraduate School of Monterey, earning a Master of Science Degree in Management. After serving at the Electronics Supply Office in Great Lakes, he returned to sea duty on USS Nereus (AS-17). From there, he was selected to attend the Naval War College, graduating with the Naval Warfare Class of 1971. Jim’s next assignment was Defense Construction Supply Center which led to his ultimate assignment as Commander, Defense Property Disposal Region in Columbus, OH. He retired from that command as a Captain, United States Navy in April 1976. Jim’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, as well as Service Medals and Ribbons for WWII, China, Korea, Viet Nam and National Defense.

After retirement from the US Navy, Jim worked in several financial positions in San Diego, CA until joining Holmes & Narver, for whom he performed base maintenance and support duties in Saudi Arabia and at the company’s home office in Orange, CA. He returned home to San Diego in 1990, and after a few years of consulting, retired completely. In retirement he pursued his lifelong passion for and enjoyment of music as well as other interests. Beloved by his family and friends, he will be sorely missed.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, the former Clara E. Cole of San Diego and by his brother Thomas Davis. He is survived by sons G. Cole and Casey (Mary R.) Davis, daughters Lisa (Louis) Hirsh and Molly (Randy) Lawson, niece Lynn (Rick) Husted, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service with full military honors will take place at Miramar National Cemetery on April 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm