2006 - Col. Russel H. Davis, USA Ret. 

 

The 2006 Major General Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Medal was awarded to Colonel Russell H. Davis, United States Army, Retired, for his outstanding contributions to the Association of the United States Army.

Colonel Davis, who enlisted in the Army as a private in 1952 and was commissioned a second lieutenant of field artillery in 1959.  He served in combat in Korea with the 3rd Infantry Division and completed two tours in Vietnam earning five Bronze Stars, one of which was for valor.

Retiring from the Army in 1986, Colonel Davis -- for over twenty years -- has served with steadfast dedication at every level of volunteer leadership and has made an indelible mark on the Association of the United States Army.

As president of the Association’s Suncoast Chapter and as its current executive vice president, Colonel Davis is the prime force in initiating and conducting programs that support the active Army, the Army National Guard, the U.S. Army Reserve – and the senior and junior ROTC programs.

Holding various AUSA positions – to include State President for Florida, and Third Region Treasurer, Secretary, Executive Vice President and four-year Region President -- Colonel Davis ensured that the Association’s goals were pursued and that AUSA chapters and members are dedicated to supporting the men and women – past and present – who sacrificed so much to answer the “Call to Duty.”   

Instrumental in chartering three AUSA chapters in Florida, Colonel Davis encourages local community and state leaders to rally around the Army.

Continuing his vigorous support of the Army’s professional association, Colonel Davis serves on the AUSA National Advisory Board of Directors as the Chairman of the Chapter Operations Committee.