MMI grad selected to Hall of Honor

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Staff reports

the selma times-journal

The Alabama Military Hall of Honor’s Board of Directors has selected two distinguished Alabamians for induction.

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Major Thaddeus J. Davis III, United States Army (Ret), was born in Selma on October 27, 1942.

He graduated from Marion Military Institute in 1964 and received a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University in 1966. He entered the U.S. Army in 1966 and was assigned to the 3/39th Infantry, 9th Infantry division in Vietnam.

On April 9, 1967, he distinguished himself by demonstrating exceptionally valorous actions against an enemy force near Rach Kien, Vietnam.

For his valor, courage under pressure, and complete disregard for his own personal safety Major Davis was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with ‘V’ Device and Purple Heart.

His widow Mrs. Judy Anderson Davis is a resident of Marion, Alabama.

Also selected was Staff Sergeant Wiley J. Karrh, United States Army was born in Mount Hope, Alabama on August 19, 1918. He served in the Alabama National Guard prior to World War II. Immediately after Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 405th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division. On November 29, 1944 while in Germany, his unit was engaged in an intense battle with enemy forces. Although wounded twice, he succeeded in reducing the enemy force allowing his unit to advance. For his courage and determination under fire SSGT Karrh was awarded the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. His daughter, Ms. Carol Karrh Debrowski lives is West Palm Beach, Florida.

Colonel John Gibler, U.S. Army (Ret), Director of the Alabama Military Hall of Honor, announced that nominees for the 2006 cycle would be accepted until April 15, 2006.

Anyone knowing of someone, living or deceased, that should be considered for induction should contact: Alabama Military Hall of Honor, 1101 Washington Street, Marion, Alabama, 36756, Telephone (334) 683-2346 or e-mail .

The Hall of Honor is located on the historic campus of Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama. An induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, October 21, 2005.