Bio Jeff Davis

5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) 

Master Sgt. Jefferson Donald "Donnie" Davis

A Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Airborne, U.S. Army

Age 39 Date of Birth 22 October 1962

712 Shelton Circle, Clarksville, Tenn., and formerly of Elizabethton

Died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, in Afghanistan

A native of Carter County, Tennessee

Son of William Lon and Linda Curd Davis, Watauga, Tenn

Member of Fairview Baptist Church

Elizabethton High School graduate 1981, where he played on the football team and basketball team

Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, N.C., where he played on the football team. 

Team Sergeant of ODA-574, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). 

He was killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom. 

JD, as his family and friends knew him, was born in Tennessee on Oct. 22, 1962. 

JD enlisted as a Medical Specialist in August of 1984 and served in Korea for three years. 

After graduating from the Special Forces Qualification Course

JD was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky. 

He served as a Medical Sergeant on both ODA 562 and ODA 564. 

After completing a tour as senior instructor at the Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, N.C., 

He returned to the 5th Group, where he was selected to be a Team Sergeant in the 3rd Battalion. 

During his tenure in military service, JD participated in Operation Desert Storm and numerous contingency operations throughout Southwest Asia. 

His awards and decorations include the 

Purple Heart medal

Two Meritorious Service Medals

Two Army Commendation Medals

The Defense of Saudi Arabia Medal 

The Liberation and Defense of Kuwait Medal

The Special Forces Tab

The Ranger Tab

The Combat Infantryman’s Badge

The Combat Medic Badge

The Master Parachutist Badge

The Military Freefall Parachutist Badge

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Mi Kyong Yu Davis, of the home; a daughter, Cristina Davis, of the home; a son, Jesse Davis, of the home; a sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Tim Sams, Watauga, Tenn.; a brother, Danny Davis and a special friend, Karen Jenkins, both of Elizabethton; maternal grandmother, Ruth Curd, Watauga, Tenn.; two nieces, Rikki Baughman and Cheyenne Sams, both of Watauga, Tenn.; one nephew, Wesley Baughman, Watauga, Tenn.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Song R. and Suk Yi Yu, Kimpo, Korea; several other nieces and nephews who live in Korea; and several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. 

A full military funeral service will be provided by Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky., for Master Sgt. Jefferson Donald “Donnie” Davis, at  2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at the Elizabethton High School gymnasium with the Rev. Dae Hyuk Kang and Master Sgt. Monty Flanigan, Minister, officiating. Music will be under the direction of a nephew, Wesley Baughman. Interment will follow at Happy Valley Memorial Park. The family will receive friends beginning at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Elizabethton High School gymnasium or at the home of his parents, 570 Watauga Road, Watauga, Tenn. Those who prefer, in lieu of flowers, may make donations to a trust fund established for his children, Cristina and Jesse Davis, at Security Federal Bank, 632 E. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail address Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, 542-2232


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