He attended the University of Cincinnati and received a doctorate in management from Columbia Pacific University; worked on numerous weapon systems including tri-service and foreign military sales programs for missiles; fighter, bomber and cargo aircraft; helicopters; trainers and simulators and became deputy director of the Fighter Attack System Program Office before he retired.
Davis retired from the Reserves in 1963 and from civil service in 1986.
He then found time to begin work on a unit citation for his old bomb group, which reminded him of the long-62 years' long-overdue medal.
Davis followed up with friends from the old bomb group and his congressman, and, this past February, the award finally arrived.
Hudson presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to Davis in a formal ceremony here during Commanders Call.
"This is a special event," he said, "because Davis is an Aeronautical Systems Center alumnus and because the opportunity to recognize WWII veterans gets slimmer each year. Sixteen million Americans served during WWII, and as of a few years ago, about four million of those were still with us, so we're real fortunate to have a veteran with us today who flew in WWII and is also a Distinguished Flying Cross recipient."
Commenting on the time it took to receive the medal, the general added, "The good thing about living in this country and working in our Air Force is that, when we make a mistake like this, we fix it."
The audience of nearly 400 supported his sentiment by giving Davis a standing ovation.
Davis was also invited to visit Aeronautical Systems Center's F-22 System Program Office after the ceremony.
While there he "flew" a cockpit simulator of the Raptor, on display this week courtesy of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.
Demonstrating sharp aviation skills, he "shot down" four enemy aircraft and safely landed the F-22 simulator.
"Quite an advancement from the aircraft I used to fly," said the 82-year-old aviator and Aeronautical Systems Center pioneer, with a smile.