Mount Pocono Community Celebrates Jack Davis' 100th Birthday
The Greater Mount Pocono Community came together this afternoon to celebrate the 100th birthday of long time Mount Pocono resident H. John "Jack" Davis, Jr. Congressman Matt Cartwright, State Senator Mario Scavello, State Representatives Jack Rader and Rosemary Brown, Former Mayor Fred Courtright (all the way from Florida), and Mayor Michael C. Penn were among the elected officials who joined the afternoon festivities at the Mt. Pocono United Methodist Church. Borough Council members Fran O'Boyle, Tom Ford, and Claudette Williams were also on hand to celebrate with Mr. Davis and Olive, his wife of 74 years. Congressman Cartwright presented Mr. Davis with a flag that flew over the United States Captial, Senator Scavello read a Pennsylvania Senate proclamation, and Representative Rader presented Mr. Davis with a proclamation from the Pennsylvania House. Also presenting proclamations were Rotary International, where Mr. Davis has been a member for over 70 years, and the Borough of Mount Pocono. Well-known in the community as not letting age slow him down, the day before the celebrations, the (then) 99-year old Mr. Davis drove to Scranton to renew his driver's license! Mr. Davis was born in Pittsburgh on June 16, 1919. Of the 16 million who served in WWII, Mr. Davis is one of only around 400,000 still with us. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps; 50th Troop Carrier Division. Mr. Davis served in the European Theatre of Operations - stationed variously in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and England. Mr. Davis participated inthe Battle of the Bulge and 75 years ago last week, he provided crucial logistic support for the paratroopers participating in the D-Day invasion. Later in WWII Mr Davis served in the European Support Operations in France and Belgium. To honor Mr. Davis, Mount Pocono Borough Council members Matt Hensel, Francis O'Boyle, Donna Casole, Stacy Stewart-Keeler, and Tom Ford personally pitched in to purchase a Hometown Hero Banner from the Mount Pocono Parks & Recreation Foundation. The banner will fly from the light pole outside the Borough building.
From Upper left: Mr. Davis in his WWII uniform on Memorial Day with his Uncle Will, in his Civil War Union uniform (his Uncle Will was at the time one of the last surviving Civil War veterans); top, all the Veterans in attendance today, with Mr. and Mrs. Davis; bottom, the Davis family gathers around the honoree; a Century of memories; Happy Birthday, Mr. Davis!