Roy Milton Davenport

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Roy Milton was born in Kansas City, Kansas back in 1909. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1933. He was first assigned to the battleship Texas and a year later attending Submarine School in New London. After school, he arrived in Pearl Harbor in 1939.

After just four patrols he was recommended for a command of his own by his commander. He was given command of the USS Haddock. On his first patrol, he sank two ships off the Palau Islands. On other patrols during WWII he is credited for sinking over one-million tons of ships. Some of the battles you may have heard of in which he was involved in include the Palau Islands, Truk and the Luzon Straits just to name a few.

After ten war patrols he requested shore duty, becoming a maritime engineer instructor at Annapolis. He also saw action during the Korean War in command of the troop transport USS General J.C. Breckinridge retiring from the Navy after 26 years of service.

What you may not know about Roy Milton Davenport is he is the first individual and only sailor to be awarded the Navy Cross five times for his military service. He was dubbed the “praying skipper” he was also known for his daring attacks against Japanese ships. On another note, he was awarded two Silver Stars, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Presidential Unit Citations and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. He died in 1987, he was 78. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Roy was a true leader. Thanks for the post! Enjoy your day!

Jul 27, 2017 04:25 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another piece of history about an American Hero.... I wish we had one in the Big House....

Jul 27, 2017 04:31 AM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  We were lucky that he was on our side during the war.

Jul 27, 2017 04:38 AM #3
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is an incredible resume and if there is a Hall of Fame for his accomplishments he is at the top of the list.

Jul 27, 2017 04:50 AM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

He was a true American patriot!

Jul 27, 2017 04:59 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

You picked a distinguished American patriot to write about this morning. His resume speaks for himself..thank you for choosing him to highlight today.

Jul 27, 2017 05:05 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, James, for telling us about Roy Milton Davenport.

Jul 27, 2017 05:10 AM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

He certainly has to rannk among the most distringuished and decorated of all Americans !

Jul 27, 2017 05:29 AM #8
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Have read about the battles but did not know of Roy.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 27, 2017 06:47 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning James - thanks for highlighting another member of The Greatest Generation.

Jul 27, 2017 07:05 AM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I could read the Fearless accolades that these men accomplished in their lives endlessly. You know my love for the submarine service James Dray 

Jul 27, 2017 07:34 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Another great story and terrific read. Impressive man.

Jul 27, 2017 07:40 AM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I like that he was known as the praying skipper, as I believe in the power of prayer also!

Jul 27, 2017 08:00 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- Now he's a hero!  I wonder if Liz and Bill Spear knows his name. 

Jul 27, 2017 12:30 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I had a client about 15 years ago whose last name was Davenport and he mentioned that he came from a military family now I wonder...sadly he passed away in an Airplane accident....Endre

Jul 27, 2017 07:54 PM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James Dray,   this gentleman, Roy Milten Davenport ,  led a very interesting life and also a courageous life. Amazing all his awards.

Jul 28, 2017 06:24 PM #16
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Thank you again for bringing to our attention another fine American Patriot. So happy he was on our side during both wars. I'm sure the Japanese were not big fans though.

Aug 01, 2017 11:35 AM #17
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