WWII Veteran to Speak at ATU November 21

Jock Davis
Jock Davis

Foster C. “Jock” Davis will offer his reflections on World War II during a special edition of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center Second Monday Author Series on Nov. 21.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in room 300B of Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, which is located on the Arkansas Tech University campus at 305 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Davis was a combat engineer in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning the combat ribbon with three battle stars for his service in the South Pacific. He was deployed to New Guinea, Australia and the Philippines and earned an honorable discharge with the Meritorious Service Medal at the conclusion of the war. He returned to the service of his nation as a member of the Arkansas National Guard and gave a total of 37 years of military service before retiring at the rank of Major.

In 2011, Davis published a memoir entitled “Brothers Four,” a recollection of the service that he and his siblings rendered during World War II.

A 1950 graduate of Arkansas Tech, Davis worked in sales and sales management in the field of agricultural business for more than five decades. The Arkansas Poultry Federation cited him for outstanding service and Arkansas Gov. Dale Bumpers presented him with the Arkansas Ambassador Award. He also received the Eagle Award from the poultry science department at Mississippi State University in recognition of his contributions to the field of poultry science.

Davis served as president of the ATU Alumni Association in 1968-69 and 1999. He received the highest honor Arkansas Tech may bestow upon an individual, induction into the ATU Hall of Distinction, in 2006. He entered under the Distinguished Alumnus category.

The Nov. 21 event will include a drawing for a free signed copy of “Brothers Four.” Additional copies will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Luke Heffley at (479) 964-0546 or visit https://blogs.atu.edu/library.