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.”