HERMAN DAVIS STATE PARK
This monument honors Herman Davis who grew up hunting near Manila and became a scout and sharpshooter. He was on General John J. Pershings list of WWIs 100 great heroic stories. Private Davis received the Distinguished Service Cross, Croix de Guere, and Medaille Militaire awards from the American and French governments. This historic site preserves Davis final resting place and does not include park facilities.
Herman Davis State Park, located in Manila, Arkansas, honors World War I hero Private Herman Davis. Born locally in 1888, he was recognized as a war hero for his exceptional service during the conflict.
The park features a monument dedicated to him which was erected and unveiled on Memorial Day of 1925. The statue depicts Davis holding an infantry rifle with fixed bayonet - symbolizing his bravery.
In addition to honoring this local figure's military achievements through its memorial structure and museum exhibits about WWI history; it also offers recreational opportunities such as fishing ponds and picnic areas.
Davis passed away from tuberculosis contracted while serving overseas at age thirty-two. His final resting place is within the state park grounds under the towering granite monument that bears his likeness.