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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Glenn Davis
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Davis

Father, Son Serve Together Aboard Stennis

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Logico
USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs
USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea, May 9, 2007 — While more than 5,000 sailors aboard the USS John C. Stennis left their families behind to serve their country, one father has part of his family with him.

Petty Officer 1st Class Glenn Davis from the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron 147, and his son, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Davis, from Stennis’ Combat Systems department, are both currently assigned aboard the carrier on its 2007 deployment to help foster security and stability in the Middle East.

“The first time we met aboard the ship was Oct. 13, 2006,” said the elder Davis. “I was on the brow requesting permission to go ashore, and he was crossing the brow at the same time requesting permission to come aboard. It was a very special day for my son and me.”

Though not uncommon to have both father and son serve in the Navy at the same time, to have them together in the same ship, however, is rare.

“It started out as a joke in my ‘A’ school,” said the younger Davis. “I thought, ‘Hey, maybe I will go to the Stennis, because that’s where my dad’s squadron is attached to.’”

Over the phone, the father told his son he should go where he wanted to go with no influence or pressure on his part.

“When the time came to pick orders, they did not show me my follow-on orders,” said the younger Davis. “They just showed me which ‘C’ schools I wanted. I wanted a radar school, and it just so happens that the ‘C’ school I picked would eventually take me to Stennis.”

The father said it was a special day for him to see his son on Stennis’ brow. Not only was it his birthday, it was also the Navy’s birthday. The father and son are second- and third-generation sailors.

“My father was also in the Navy,” said the elder Davis.

When the elder Davis was born, his father was serving aboard USS Woodrow Wilson. The elder Davis remembered the words his father told him when he was growing up.

“I needed to do something better for myself. I needed to grow up, mature,” said the elder Davis. “My dad has always told me, ‘Go to the Navy. They’ll take care of you. You’ll get a job. You’ll get paid. They’ll feed you and clothe you.’ For the longest time, I said, ‘no,’ but finally I did, and it was the best thing that happened to me.”

Later, the elder Davis gave the same advice to his son when the younger Davis went to the Navy recruiter.

“I used to be a mechanic working in a Chevy dealership,” the younger Davis said. “I just wanted something that was going to help me grow up and mature a little better.”

Now, together aboard the same ship, the two sailors spend more time together than ever before.

“It was weird at first, getting a phone call from my son saying, ‘Hey dad, let’s go eat chow together,’” said the elder Davis. “It’s not a normal feeling to have where most sailors are out here without their family. I enjoy having him here. I get to spend more time with him. I did not get to spend time with him in the past two years.”

The younger Davis said it made his adjustment to life on the ship a little better.

“When I don’t understand how something works, he is always there to help me.”

When the younger Davis accelerated to petty officer third class, April 17, it was an emotional time for father and son. In the ceremony, the father participated by pinning on his son’s crows.

“It was awesome,” said the elder Davis. “For him being a third-generation sailor, I was very proud. Not too many people would get to do that with their kids. I am proud to be serving with him in the military.”

Last Updated:
05/09/2007, Eastern Daylight Time
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