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Maj. Gloria D. Davis View/Sign Guest Book
Maj. Gloria D. Davis

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Age:   47
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Date of Death: 12/12/2006
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Maj.
Unit: Defense Security Assistance Agency
Unit's Base: Washington, D.C.

Gloria D. Davis knew her granddaughter missed her and was unnerved by her deployment to Iraq. So about two weeks ago she mailed a DVD of herself reading Sesame Street and Scooby-Doo stories to the 6-year-old. "She tried to save everybody, help everybody," said Annie Washington, her mother. "She didn't want anybody lacking for anything." Davis, 47, of St. Louis, died Dec. 12 from a gunshot wound in Baghdad. She was a 1977 high school graduate and was assigned to Washington, D.C. Davis went on to receive a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma and worked as a police officer in the Columbia, Mo., area, family members said. In Washington, Davis helped out at women's shelters, her daughter said. She also worked to get disadvantaged African-American children into ROTC programs, to encourage them to pursue educational opportunities. That push for education was especially evident in her own family. Her daughter, Candace Thomas, now in her third year of dental school at Howard University, said her mother paid her rent and bills and helped take care of her daughter, Kennedy, anything she could do to make school easier for her.
Source: Associated Press
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