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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
CARLISLE – Recently, the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility was honored to have Medal of Honor recipient United States Army Sgt. 1st Class Sammy L. Davis share his experience with staff members and offenders. The evening began with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. SFC Davis then presented a video to share the story of the tragic events of 1967 which ultimately led to him being awarded the Medal of Honor.
Following the video SFC Davis answered questions, sharing the heartbreak and desperation he felt while trying to save fellow soldiers. His passion for his battalion and his country radiated as he shared details painting a picture of what occurred that horrible night.
SFC Davis commented, “I learned about what real love is. We loved each other. We were all we had.”
One might ask, why after all he has been through would SFC Davis be willing to relive his experience over and over again. He explained, “You have to get the hurt out of your heart, or it mildews.”
Sharing his pain is something he hopes will encourage others to move past their own individual life altering events.
A very special part of the evening was when SFC Davis removed his Medal of Honor from his uniform and allowed it to be passed throughout the entire room, giving all who wanted the opportunity to hold the medal as he stated more than once, “I am not a hero. I did my job.”
SFC Davis also shared this poignant perspective, saying “You don’t lose ‘til you give up.”
This point resonated equally to each offender and staff member fortunate to be part of the evening program. His mission over the years has been to bring encouragement to everyone who hears his story of hope and inspiration. SFC Davis seeks to ignite the passion for people to actively pursue the things in life they believe are right. SFC Davis also shared he has survived all these years by doing what he did that dreadful day; he calls on the one above.
More about the evening event and the American Legion:
Chaplain Timothy Tanner, a full time member of the DOC staff, coordinated the event after meeting SFC Davis at a fellow veteran’s funeral. The WVCF typically hosts two significant events a year for incarcerated veterans, of which members of the WVCF American Legion Kyle Snyder Post 398 commented what an immense honor it was to have SFC Davis as their guest.
The Kyle Snyder Post was established at WVCF on November 8, 2013. The post is named after United States Army Specialist Kyle Snyder who lost his life in the Afghanistan War on March 26, 2005, while serving with fellow soldiers as a member of the 76th Infantry Brigade. All members of the American Legion Post at WVCF have served in a branch of the United States armed forces and were honorably discharged at the conclusion of their enlistment.
Maintaining membership in the Post allows incarcerated offender opportunities to participate in fundraising that helps raise money for charitable events, such as donating back packs to schools and providing food for less fortunate families.
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News Writer: Lucy Perry