One of Newcomerstown’s own sons has recently received a most honorable military recognition, the Ohio Medal of Valor of the United States Army.
Freeman Davis, born in Newcomerstown in 1841, served in the 80th OVI Co. B at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. In November 1863 during the battle of Missionary Ridge, Davis while in his regiment recovered the color guards’ flags after seeing the color guards shot down under fire. Davis later saved the flags from capture. The Governor of Ohio later sent Sgt. Davis a commission as a Second Lieutenant, then later commissioned him to a grade of Captain in October, 1890.
In March 1898 the Congress of the United States awarded Davis the Medal of Honor.
Davis died in Butler, Missouri, in 1899.
During the Ohio Military Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony held at the Ohio Statehouse on May 3, Davis was recognized by the Ohio Military Hall of Fame and post humously awarded the Ohio Medal of Valor. Among those also recognizing Davis were Mike DeWine, Jon Husted, Bob Gibbs, Jay Hottinger, Troy Balderson Joyce Beatty, Members of Congress, Larry Obhof, President of the Ohio Senate, Ted Mosure, Director Ohio Military Hall of Fame.
The original marker that first recognized Davis has been preserved by the Vietnam Veterans of America, and a special preservation marker, designed by James D. Ross, VVA, is located on the grounds of the Newcomerstown Historical Society/ Temperance House/ Olde Main Street Museums on West Canal Street, Newcomerstown, and was dedicated by the Society on May 26, 2006.