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Flag rededicated for fallen soldier

POSTED: January 8, 2018 1:24 p.m.
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Members of the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Color Guard raise an American flag in honor of Staff Sgt. Anthony Davis Friday at Daniel Defense in Black Creek.

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North Bryan firearms manufacturer Daniel Defense hosted a flag rededication in honor of fallen Army Staff Sgt. Anthony “Cookie” D. Davis at its recently completed manufacturing facility on Friday.

Members of the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Color Guard were present to perform the ceremony and raise the American flag. Members of the Georgia State Patrol Honor Guard were also present to raise the Georgia State flag. Special guests at the event included Ellen Davis, mother of Staff Sgt. Davis, and members of the Development Authority of Bryan County.

The ceremony served as a rededication of the American flag originally raised at Daniel Defense’s first manufacturing facility in Black Creek in 2009, also in honor of Davis.

Davis, 29, was a team leader assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield. He was born on Feb. 20, 1979, in Mainz, Germany, and was killed during a direct fire engagement by a heavily armed enemy combatant in northern Iraq. The enemy combatant was subsequently killed when he engaged the assault force. Davis was serving his sixth combat deployment. His previous deployments were to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Davis’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Joint Commendation Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

Davis is survived by his mother Ellen Davis, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and his stepfather, Nelson Buckwald of Daytona Beach, Fla.; his sister, Staff Sgt. Nakischa Davis of Fayetteville, N.C.; and, his niece, Ariana, also of Fayetteville.

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