“The sons of Ben and Hattie Davis give special meaning to the term "band of brothers."
Eleven in all, their combined 158 years of service to the U.S. military make them brothers in arms as well as brothers raised on a family farm in Wetumpka.
Seven of the 11 gathered in July at a hotel and casino in Mississippi for a reunion thick with brotherly love and military pride. They laughed together, told stories from their days growing up and serving the country and reminisced about what it was like to be black in the U.S. military in the 20th century in America.”
In 2017, The Davis brothers were honored by the National Infantry Museum Foundation for their service.Foundation President Pete Jones says “what these brothers did out of love for both family and country is nothing short of remarkable.Their sense of duty is unrivaled, and is the kind of spirit that makes our nation's armed forces the greatest in the world."
The brothers talk often, and try get together every year.
Growing up in the Jim Crow south they say they experienced white-only drinking fountains and "colored-only" waiting areas but they says they didn't experience much racism in the military.