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November 03, 2014
Unfortunately, I never had the chance to meet General Davis.. however, I spent several years as a roommate to his brother Harold Davis as a young adult while in Kansas City, Mo. Harold lived there after we were roommates with his mother. Harold was also quite a gentleman. Several years ago I attempted to contact General Davis and visit
for a bit, but after locating his son, I was informed that his health condition did not make that possible.. I want to say how proud I am of his service to the country.
Charlie Kukral
May 22, 2013
I had the thrill of a lifetime attending Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance AFB, OK - General Davis' UPT training base - in 1980-1981, during which he was Commander Air Training Command. I have just recently come across my UPT Distinguished Graduate letter, signed by General Davis, while going through old papers and keepsakes, and decided to get it custom framed, as it is one of the accomplishments in life of which I'm most proud. On the back of the letter, I decided to put General Davis' biography, along with his photo, to give some historical perspective to my award. The search for that bio information led me to find out that he had passed just last autumn, which in turn led me to this Guest Book. As a young officer going through pilot training, I knew nothing of the Commander who would sign my award letter, but reading about him, I gained an appreciation for the type of leader and gentleman that he was, and wish to express my condolences and gratitude to his family for his service to our country. The good general and I have something else in common... the love of the game of golf! If there are golf courses in heaven (and I have no reason to believe otherwise), it would be an honor to play a round of the greatest game ever played with one of our country's greatest military leaders! RIP, General Davis.
December 21, 2012
I worked for Gen Davis at Offutt in the early 80s. I took the pictures for the "Air Pulse" base newspaper, and would sometimes get the chance to photograph him. I still have the photos too. It was a privilege to work for the man, and I also enjoyed jogging by his house on Generals Row. My condolences to the Davis Family. He was one heck of a leader.
December 10, 2012
A true American hero and patriot who made a difference in the lives of many airmen and their families--evident in the touching story shared by Andrew Bennett.

G.E. Jordan, Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
December 03, 2012
To the Davis family: I have paid to make this guest book last forever, because of something General Davis did for me when I was a young boy. I'm sure Mrs. Bennie Davis will remember this story.
To General Bennie Davis, I want to thank you for a memory that lives on forever thru me, and something that I will share for the rest of my days. For the last few years I had been searching for you, because I wanted to thank you for what you did for me as a young boy at Offut. The story follows...
My family was visiting a family stationed at Offut, family friends, the Wrights. Their oldest son and I were wondering around the base, adventuring as most young boys do. As we walked down "General's Row", I noticed all the signs out front of the houses, naming the generals who lived there when I spotted a 4 Star General sign. I started up the sidewalk when my friend said to me, "What are you doing?", and I replied, "I want to meet a 4 Star General". He said "you can't knock on a general's door", and I was not one that could be told what I couldn't do (haha).
I knocked on the door, and Mrs. Davis answered and said, "Can I help you", and my reply was, "Yes, I want to meet a 4 Star General". She said for me to wait a moment and disappeared into the house.
A few minutes later, General Davis appeared and came outside onto the front porch to meet two young curious boys. We talked for quite some time, and while this was many years ago, and I don't remember all of the questions, I'm sure there were many, and he answered all of them.
I thanked him for his time, and we continued back to base housing. As we approached the Davis house, both of our fathers were standing out front, arms crossed, both seemed to be clearly upset.
My dad said to me, "What did you do?", and I was surprised because I didn't think we had done anything wrong. My friend said, "Andy knocked on a general's door"...boy were we in trouble. Seems Headquarters had called and asked that both families come to Headquarters the next morning, and neither of them knew why.
The next morning we all got dressed, and headed to Headquarters, and as we arrived, we noticed the parking signs right in front of the main doors, which said "Reserved for the Bennett's and Wright's", and a Full Colonel had met us out front to make sure we were parked in our reserved spots. He then directed us inside and to a small theater, where we were shown a short movie about the history of Strategic Air Command.
When the movie ended, the Colonel came back into the room, opened both door all the way, and announced..."Ladies and Gentlemen, General Bennie Davis", and in walked General Davis in full uniform. I was impressed to say the least, I had never seen a real 4 Star General in uniform, and had no idea General Davis was CINCSAC, so was in a bit of shock as this all became very clear to me.
He introduced himself to our families, and I'm sure Mr. Wright, who was stationed there, was now relieved to know he was not in trouble. General Davis had two large framed pictures of himself that he signed for both of us boys, and we each took a copy with us (still hanging on the wall at my parents house).
He then told us he had a special treat, and was taking us on a tour of Headquarters. The part of the tour that left the biggest memory was the huge doors with armed guards, and the elevator that took us underground to the SAC Control Room. Once we entered the control room, we saw on the big screens "Welcome to the Bennett and Wright Families". More than impressed!
We were both allowed to call any base in the world, and I chose Greenland.
Thank you for the wonderful memories General Davis. I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to say Hello and Goodbye again, but your memory will live on forever, and you gave me a story that is a rare experience, and have never met anyone else in 44 years who has had the same experience. Thank you, and God Bless!
R.I.P.
I would like to visit the final resting place, so if someone could send me the details, I would be greatful.
abennett99@sbcglobal.net
October 24, 2012
I had the privilege of flying for Gen Davis during his tour as Command-in-Chief, Strategic Air Command. From all who flew with him on “Casey 01” as members of the SAC Command Crew, a final salute to our CINCSAC. And yes sir, when the crew gathers, we all still reminisce about the 1981 trip to Ramstien, and the “fog”, as well as your love for the game of golf.
Gen Davis was indeed a pilot's pilot.
Ken Black, Col, USAF (Ret)
Casey 01 Pilot
October 17, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved. There are never any right words to express how deeply sad I am for the pain your family is enduring at this difficult time.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service in defense of our rights and freedom.

His commitment to family, friends, our community, and to serving our great nation leaves a wonderful legacy. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be
October 05, 2012
To the Davis family;
On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Alamo Chapter, Distinguished Flying Cross Society, we express our deepest sympathy your family with the passing of your dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, General Bennie L. Davis, USAF, Retired.

During his illustrious United States Air Force career, General Davis distinguished himself as a true American hero and a gifted leader. His life has left an indelible imprint on the aviation history of our military services. We offer a final salute to his memory and a lifetime of service to his family and to his country.

Posted by a fellow holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross
October 01, 2012
General Davis was the commanding officer of then Air Training Command (ATC) when I served on the HQ ATC staff. He made it clear to all new staff personnel that they had one primary function: Serve the troops in the field. He made this expectation clear during his face-to-face formal orientations of all new staff personnel. He also directed his staff to remain in close contact with their counterpart(s) on the Air Staff. These two memories, in particular, stand out in my mind because no other commanding general ever took the time or made the effort during my subsequent staff tours. General Davis did. His genuine leadership generated loyal followership.
October 01, 2012
I served under Gen Davis at SAC HQ from 1982-1985' He endorsed my last OER, prior to my being promoted to Col. He was an inspirational commander and avid golfer as I remember.

John H. Covi, Col USAF (Ret)
September 29, 2012
Gen Davis was the SAC Commander while I was assigned to SAC. He was a great commander and many troops will fondly remember him. America sorely needs many more outstanding patriots like this Fallen Warrior. RIP
Blessings and prayers to his family
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