A veterans organization may soon memorialize one of Montesano’s own who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Rolling Thunder has asked the Montesano City Council to place a memorial street sign at Academy Street to honor Timothy Davis, a Montesano High School graduate who died in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan.
The organization also was responsible for bringing the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall to Montesano, as well as the Field of Honor (400 American flags).
“We have many Gold Star families here in the area,” Rolling Thunder’s Mary Ellen Parrish said to the council on April 11.
According to Davis’ mother, Sally Sheldon, Academy Street holds a special place in the family’s history.
“I used to manage the Monte Villa apartments for 11 years, and I think that’s the longest place he had ever lived in, on Pioneer and Academy,” Sheldon said.
Staff Sgt. Timothy Davis was 28 when he died. A 1999 graduate of Montesano High School, he was a wrestler and also was on the football and track teams.
A lifelong Montesano resident, Davis enlisted in the Air Force shortly after high school. He died in Bagram, Afghanistan, on Feb. 20, 2009. He and two other servicemen were killed by a roadside bomb.
Davis was a combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Combat controllers deploy into hostile environments to establish assault zones or airfields, while also conducting air traffic control, fire support, counter-terrorism and other duties. Davis received the John A. Champman Award at the end of specialized training and was voted by his peers as an outstanding team player.
The montesano city council has sent the matter to its MTO committee where the details will be decided, including the potential of a ceremony when the sign is installed.
Rolling Thunder also installed a similar memorial sign in Elma in 2016 to honor Carl Richard Huttula who died in combat during the Vietnam War in 1968.