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Clarence H. Davis, 91, recently was named the Veterans Affairs’ Veteran of the Day.
Davis was born in Camden, New Jersey. He shares his time spending summers at Cherry Hill, New Jersey and winters at Century Village in West Palm Beach. Davis served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War from January 1952 through April 1953, enduring harrowing combat duty at a place named Kumwha Valley in North Korea.
After his tour of duty, Davis married Eleanor Lowe on Dec. 29, 1951. They built a family of six children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Davis studied electronics and by 1958, he became an electronics technician at RCA in Camden. Several years later, he earned teaching certifications for automotive and electronic technology, welding and Cooperative Industrial Education coordinator, which provides students with knowledge, experience and monetary compensation.
In 1971, he became a vocational teacher of electronics at Morgan Village Middle School in Camden.
“I am most proud of my teaching years at Morgan Village School,” Davis said.
In 1985, he took the position of CIE coordinator at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden.
“My most important job was teaching my children to be on their own and grow into productive citizens,” Davis said. “My kids motivate me to face each new day.”
He was inspired to succeed by his older brother, William, who served as his guide and mentor. Davis has been retired since 1990 and he lost his wife in March 2020.
His oldest son, Gary, 67, resident of The Acreage, is an author and filmmaker. He has completed an animation and comic book of one of his father’s Korean war stories titled “Escape from Kumwha.”