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Clyde Junior Davis ( 1924 - 2014 )

Clyde Junior Davis was born on April 13, 1924 in Okmulgee, a small town in Oklahoma. He enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after his high school graduation but hoped to one day study architecture.

Proving to be a smart and determined soldier, Davis completed the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) before becoming an infantry replacement with an anti-tank company following the Battle of the Bulge. He later applied for temporary assignment with the MFAA alongside his longtime comrade, Pfc. Richard M. Barancik. Davis and Barancik assisted in the movement of stolen art treasures from local repositories, including Schloss Lichtenberg, Schloss Fischhorn, and Schloss Mittersill, to the Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point. Davis also served as the able assistant to Monuments Man Capt. Charles R. Sattgast. He remained involved in the recovery of looted works of art and other cultural objects until January 1946, when he enrolled in a military school in Switzerland.

Following his return to Oklahoma, Davis completed a degree in English from Oklahoma University and began a long and successful career in radio and television broadcasting. As an anchorman in Oklahoma City and Denver, Colorado, he interviewed many notable political and entertainment figures. Upon his retirement, he relocated to Taos, New Mexico with his wife. There, he worked in a gallery and acted in several commercials for local businesses. In his spare time, he collected books, historical newspaper clippings, and a large assortment of southwestern art.

Clyde Davis died in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 18, 2014.