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Toy Albert Davison
War: World War II
Branch: United States Army
Unit: 409th Reg., 103rd Rd Divison, Com. B
Highest Rank: PFC
Birth Year: Jan 23, 1924
Place of Birth: Cookville, TN
Awards: Purple Heart, Bronze Battle Star, Victory Medal, American Theater, European Theater, Overseas Service, Good Conduct.

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Toy Davison was drafted in March 1943. After Basic training at several camps in Texas, he was transferred to Kentucky where he joined the 403 Regiment, 103 Division as an Infantry Man.

During a furlough in March of 1945 he got married. He was finally shipped out to France where he was involved in several heavy battles. Since he was a "Point Man" he was always out front. On one occasion, his unit was sent behind the German lines to cut off their communications.

At one point, when they were cutting the wires, they came under heavy fire. The Germans had the place zeroed in. On the next day they ran into the Germans in a chow line and captured many of them. There were many injured but no plasma. A Sgt. took a group of men through the German lines, got plasma from the Americans, and returned without incident.

In one village, Toy took over a 30 cal. machine gun because the regular gunner was killed. It was during this time when Toy was shot in the right arm. This wound gave him lots of problems from that point on. He was finally captured by the Germans.

Atter being transported by truck and boxcars, he ended up at Stalag 2-B. During his capture, he had very little food. Meals consisted of "sawdust" bread and occasionally, grass soup. He remained there until the Russians began advancing on their position. The POW's were marched on what was known as the "Death March." If you could not keep up, you were shot.

At one point on the Death March, 6 POW's escaped. The Germans told them that unless the six were found, they would take the first six in line and shoot them. Toy was one of the 6. Fortunately, the six were found. Toy talked about how the guards were free with their rifle butts, hitting POW's for no reason. He describes his five months as a POW as feeling hopeless and helpless. They were relieved when the Americans liberated them.