Sergeant Sammy Davis, Medal of Honor recipient, will speak to students at Henryville Junior/Senior High School amidst a flurry of pomp and circumstance, including a basketball-court sized American flag.
Sergeant Davis will speak to approximately 540 students at the school.
Students will likely remember this day for the rest of their lives, as they hear the brave story of a true American Hero, Sgt. Davis, and see his Medal of Honor.
After the school event, an invitation-only meet and greet will be held for sponsors who made the day possible. An escorted motorcade for Sgt. Davis will proceed from there to Safe Harbor Christian Church, 3002 Murphy Road, Memphis. Boom trucks will display the suspended, lit American flag along with hundreds of other American flags decorating the entrance to the facility.
The evening’s events, beginning promptly at 7 p.m., will include a talk by Sgt. Davis, dinner, Veteran recognition, Fallen Comrade Ceremony, bagpipe procession, and a wall of heroes. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the evening dinner and speech event at Safe Harbor are $30. For tickets, contact Denise Schott at 812-989-5947. Tickets are also available at Furnish Towing in Henryville, Indiana, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. A limited number of seats are available. Tickets will not be available at the door on the day of the event.
Memorial/Wall of Heroes – Honor or memorialize military men and women by purchasing a space on the Wall of Heroes. It includes a biography and photograph. The section of the wall will be given to you after the day’s events. Cost is $35. Contact Denise Schott.
Sammy L. Davis joined the US Army in 1966. After completion of his training he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Artillery Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. Shortly after arrival to his unit they were shipped to Vietnam.
In 1967 Sergeant Davis’ unit was just south west of Saigon when they came under attack from the North Vietnamese, who were only 25 meters away. While under attack, he was injured, but still managed to provide fire. He then realized that across the river were three injured fellow Soldiers. Unable to swim, he still was able to reach them in order to help save them. Once he got across he manned another howitzer and carried on fighting off the North Vietnamese until they fled.
After that attack, Sammy was given a promotion to sergeant and he received his Medal of Honor. Sammy remained in the armed forces for almost 20 years, but in 1984 he had to retire due to his injuries. He is famous for appearing in the movie “Forrest Gump”, where his face was replaced with that of Tom Hanks. Thus, he is known as “The Real Forrest Gump”.