Charles Davis served in the United States Army during the Second World War. He hailed from Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A. Before the outbreak of war, he worked as an electric welder in his hometown.
Davis arrived in Northern Ireland on 26th January 1942 aged 24 years old as part of the first contingent of American troops. When interviewed by a reporter from the Belfast Telegraph newspaper, he stated:
The trip was fine. The main thing was we got across… Yes, I had a good job back home and was quite happy, but when we found ourselves at war, I felt we were wasting our time at camp. Boy, we were relieved when we heard that at last we were moving. It’s funny you don’t think you are doing anything until you get away from home.