Letter: Predecessor to the Air Force

To the Editor:

I read with interest the article headlined “On Enfield’s Hallowed Ground” in the June 19 Valley News. I commend the time and effort Gordon Clough put in to place a marker on the grave of Sgt. Leo Davio, who served in World War I. It is sad that an eligible member of the Davio family was not available to request a marker from the U.S. government and a substitute had to be found.

Had a government stone been available, it would have shown his service to be with the U.S. Army Air Corps and not “Airforce.” The U.S. Air Force was not established until Sept. 18, 1947.

Melvin Wheatley McLaughlin

Major, U.S. Marine Corps (retired)



On Enfield’s Hallowed Ground

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Enfield — Sgt. Leo A. Davio fought in France during World War I and was discharged in 1918, two days before Christmas. He was born in Derby, Vt., in 1891. After the war, he settled in Enfield, spending the next 30 years in a boarding house that has since been converted into a hardware store. Davio liked fishing, and woke …