Dickinson County

Ensign Max Edward Davis


Husband of Local Woman
Reported As Missing

Mrs. Max Davis, the former Irene Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Nelson of Spirit Lake, was informed Monday that her husband, Coast Guard Ensign Max Davis, has been listed as missing since Jan. 29, 1945. The message was delivered to the local woman Monday evening by a member of the Coast Guard Women’s Organization, SPARS, the personal message service being recently inaugurated for the delivery of such messages to families.

The information given Mrs. Davis state that the cargo ship on which her husband was serving in the Pacific was unaccounted for and none of the crew has been heard from. Ensign Davis has been in the Coast Guard service for about three years and has been overseas about a year. He has a son, Stephen, a year old whom he has not seen since the baby was two months old. Mrs. Davis has informed her husband’s parents, who live in Ottumwa.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, February 08, 1945, Page 12

NOTE: The Spirit Lake Beacon issue of May 24, 1973, on the Memorial Day Honor Roll, stated that Ensign Max Davis was buried at sea. ~ Page 9