Marine Sgt. Rodney Maxwell Davis lived just 25 years, but he left a big impression.
On Tuesday afternoon, about 20 family members, local officials and veterans honored Davis near the Interstate 75/Interstate 475 interchange, which is now named for him. In 1967, in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, Davis threw himself on top of a grenade to save other Marines.
He received the Medal of Honor posthumously.
Signs bearing the name of “Sgt Rodney Maxwell Davis Memorial Interchange” began going up along the highways Monday.
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In the service at New Elim Baptist Church, Gordon Davis remembered his younger brother.
“Where he is buried is less than 10 feet from where we used to play,” Gordon Davis said, recalling a childhood of play, newspaper deliveries and mandatory attendance at First Baptist Church.
State Rep. Nikki Randall, who worked with other legislators and Bibb County commissioners to name the interchange, turned to Davis’ family.
“We can’t even express the gratitude to the life you all lost,” she said.
Among the attendees were Davis’ two daughters, who were so young when they died they have no memories of him, and his three grandchildren.
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