Davidson honored for a lifetime service

Friday, July 14, 2017
Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham presents Drew Bingham with a resolution honoring his heroic service in the United States Army in Vietnam.
Tribune photo by Scott Pearson

“If there is a hero among us, it’s this man.”

That’s how Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham introduced Lewisburg native son Drew Davidson on Tuesday.

Bingham and the Lewisburg City Council honored Lewisburg native Thomas A.(Drew) Davidson for a lifetime of service and bravery at their Tuesday evening meeting.

Davidson retired from the United States Army as a major after multiple tours of service in Vietnam before returning to Lewisburg as an attorney.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1968 while serving as a reconnaissance pilot for his actions in defense of a Special Forces camp under attack by Viet Cong guerrillas.

Davidson was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s highest award short of the Medal of Honor, for his actions in 1972 during a North Vietnamese offensive in Lon Bach.

Davidson at the time was serving as a senior advisor for a South Vietnamese Army camp in the district capital.

The base came under attack during an offensive conducted by three divisions of North Vietnamese soldiers, including armored forces.

After holding out for three days, the base was finally overrun, leaving Davidson behind enemy lines.

Along with an interpreter, Davidson spend four days, during which he was listed as missing in action, evading enemy forces before returning to friendly lines.

Earlier this year, Davidson was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Ga.

A standing room crowd in the council chamber stood and applauded as Davidson was presented with the resolution from the mayor.

“I am overwhelmed,” said Davidson quietly. “This award means the world to me.”

“I may have understated it when I said hero,” said Bingham.