A Delaware veteran was inducted recently into the 17th Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor class.
The ceremony was on April 29 in the atrium of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Master Sgt. Kenneth L. Davenport, of Delaware, and formerly of Cheshire, was enshrined for his actions rescuing a civilian during heavy fighting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1965. He is a native of Delaware County.
Davenport, who entered the service from Columbus in May 1955, was a staff sergeant on May 4, 1965, and squad leader with Company B, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 505th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. He distinguished himself when his squad came under heavy fire from rebels during the early stages of the Dominican Civil War (April-September 1965).
According to a newspaper story from the time, after taking cover and returning fire, Davenport noticed a civilian sitting wounded and stunned across the street from his position. Without any regard for his personal safety, he ran across the street, under hostile enemy fire, to help the civilian into a nearby hallway and applied a pressure bandage to his wound. The civilian was later evacuated for medical treatment.
Davenport’s actions earned him a Bronze Star with “V” Device. The “V” stands for valor and is awarded to military service personnel who demonstrate as such during combat scenarios.
The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor is a nonprofit organization established in 2000 to recognize Ohio servicemen and women who were decorated for heroism while in combat situations. Inductees represent all branches of military service who served during World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War, as well as conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Dominican Republic.
The April 29 ceremony brought the total number of Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor inductees to 313, of whom six have received the Medal of Honor.
Davenport was unavailable for comment for this story.
Michael Johnson is editor of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune.