Murle Melvin Davis and his twin sister, Mabel, were born Jan. 20, 1920, in Newark, Ohio. Their father, Raymond Davis, worked at a stone foundry. Their mother, Louisa Clarridge Davis, was a homemaker.
The son graduated in 1937 from Newark High School, where he took technical and industrial arts classes. The yearbook nicknamed him “Slim” and said: “Not a word he spoke more than there was need.”
Mr. Davis left central Ohio when he enlisted in the Navy on May 3, 1938. He was a radioman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.