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John K. Davis papers

Identifier: MS-0533
The John K. Davis papers consist of original propaganda leaflets directed at the Japanese troops and civilians, 1945; personal correspondence written to his parents and largely concerning family matters, 1945-1946; formal photographs of Davis from his cadetship, Army career, and civilian career; amateur snapshots of Manila and surrounding area, ca. 1945; maps of Japanese cities issued to officers, 1945; "Guide to Japan", September 1945; and miscellaneous other printed material.


  • 1928 - 1946


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0.50 cubic feet (1 document box)

Biographical / Historical

John Kennerly Davis (b. 1906 d. 1975) was a utility company executive who rose to the position of Chairman of the Board of the Toledo Edison Co. (Ohio). After receiving his degree in electrical engineering from the Virginia Military Institute in 1929 he worked for various power companies, first in Tennessee and subsequently in Toledo, progressing through the executive ranks. He retired in 1974 and died in Toledo in 1975.

During World War II Davis entered military service in September 1942, as Captain U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was stationed in the Office of the Chief of Engineers in Washington DC and subesequently promoted to Lt. Col. and assigned to G4, GHQ, Army Forces Pacific Theater. He was on the staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines and Japan until his release from active duty in May 1946.

Physical Location

Manuscripts stacks

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of J. Ken Davis, Jr.

Related Materials

Artifacts and objects related to these papers are located in the VMI Museum

Separated Materials

The VMI diploma issued to John K. Davis has been added to the VMI Diplomas collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450