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Lyal A. Davidson
Birth name Lyal Ament Davidson
Born (1886-12-02)December 2, 1886
Died December 29, 1950(1950-12-29) (aged 64)
Place of birth Muscatine, Iowa
Place of death Bethesda, Maryland
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance Flag of the United States.svg United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1912–1946
Rank US-O9 insignia Vice admiral
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Gold star
Navy Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg
Navy DSM (2)
Gold star
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Legion of Merit (2)
Spouse(s) Carolyn G. Davidson (1893–1980)

Lyal Ament Davidson (2 December 1886 – 29 December 1950) was a Vice admiral of the United States Navy who served in World War I and World War II. He was a two time recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. He was also the namesake of USS Davidson (FF-1045).


Lyal Ament Davidson was born 2 December 1886 in Muscatine, Iowa to Colonel Joseph T. Davidson (US Army) and Judith (Ament) Davidson. After attending Muscatine High School, he was appointed a Midshipman in 1906. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1910 and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1912, after two years at sea.[1]

Assigned to USS New Hampshire (BB-25), Davidson received a commendation for service while on the landing force during the Battle of Vera Cruz in 1914.[1][2][3]

During World War II, Davidson took command of Cruiser Division 8 using USS Philadelphia (CL-41) as his flagship. He received one Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his leadership during the November 1942 invasion of North Africa, in Morocco.[4]

He received a Legion of Merit for command of a task force during the invasion of Italy in 1943.[5]

He received a second Navy Distinguished Service Medal for command of Task Force 86, aboard USS Augusta (CA-31), during the 1944 invasion of Southern France.[6]

He received a second Legion of Merit for his exceptionally meritorious service in World War II.[5]

After October 1944, he served in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations and then the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee. He retired as a Vice admiral in June 1946 and lived in Washington DC. He died after a lengthy illness at Bethesda Naval Hospital on 29 December 1950. He was survived by his wife and three children.[1] He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on 4 January 1951, section 2, grave 4695-A. His wife Carolyn was buried there as well, after her death in 1980.[7]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Commission New Destroyer Escort Tuesday Named for Muscatine Native". 6 December 1965. p. 2. 
  2. "Honorable Mention of Ensign Davidson". 8 June 1914. p. 5. "Ensign Davidson is one of six in the third regiment to be given honorable mention for having assisted wounded under fire." 
  3. Fletcher, F. F. (13 June 1914). "Naval Gallantry at Vera Cruz". p. 744. "… the commander of the third regiment in his report mentions the following officers for assisting wounded while under fire: … L. A. Davidson, U.S. Navy" 
  4. "Navy Distinguished Service Medal". United States Navy. p. 55. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Lyal A. Davidson". Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  6. "Navy Distinguished Service Medal". United States Navy. p. 56. 
  7. "Lyal A. Davidson Burial Details". Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  8. "Adm. Lyal A. Davidson Dies in Bethesda, MD.". 3 January 1951. p. 2. 
  9. Russell, Walter (1 October 1964). "New Navy Ship to Carry Name of Muscatine Native". p. 2. 

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