Combat veteran honored before Ukraine mission
SACATON, Ariz. — The accomplishments of veteran Logan J. Davis II in his long military career were highlighted in a special intertribal ceremony recently held at the Matthew B. Juan-Ira Hayes Memorial Park in Sacaton, Arizona.
Davis is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa who served seven tours of duty in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He was a military counterintelligence agent with Special Operations for much of his time serving in the Middle East. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
The Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) and the Ira Hayes Legion Post hosted the honoring and Four Bears Segment Council Representative Robert White Sr. of the Three Affiliated Tribes was the master of ceremonies.
Davis’s father, Logan J. Davis Sr., of New Town and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, spoke after the opening prayer. The elder Davis stated that his son honored him in 2007 with an American flag that was flown half-staff on Sept. 11, 2017, at Special Forces Headquarters in Iraq.
“It was the greatest honor that I have ever been given as a veteran and that it was from my son who actually earned it is even more special. That flag certificate and flag will always have a place in our family for many future generations. Most of what Logan did in his time during his missions is classified but to be honored with a 9/11 flag is remarkable. To bestow it on me still touches my heart today,” Davis Sr. said.
Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephan Lewis, GRIC Lt. Gov. Monica Anton, Gila River Councilman Terrance Evans and the Ira Hayes Legion Post were on hand to also speak and honor Logan J. Davis II.
Four Bears Councilman Robert White is a U.S. Marine veteran. He also served in the Middle East so he can relate to what the veterans like Davis experienced in combat.
White talked about how he had to adjust to civilian life when he returned and gave credit to his wife, Leslie White, for his own success in life. White placed the eagle feather war bonnet on Davis and reminded all of what a warrior is before presenting the war bonnet to Davis. White noted that Davis is soon going on a special military mission to help protect Ukraine.
“This young man is not finished doing great things. We will continue to serve because we’re warriors and remember that you’re here for a reason. Those reasons are not known to us right now but somewhere down the line, they will be,” White told Davis.
Davis also thanked his wife, Dominique Davis, for supporting him in his endeavors both in the military and in life.
“I will continue to do warrior tasks and protect our people, be an example for my children and my other brothers and sisters in service. Thank you all for being here for me and my family. I really appreciate it because this is rare,” Davis remarked.
Lewis emphasized that his tribe was honored that the ceremony was held at the Ira Hayes Memorial Park because it shows that the legacy of all Native veterans is kept alive, including that of Ira Hayes and Matthew B. Juan.