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Asa Davison turns 100: He fought the Japanese and Jim Crow in WWII

MONONGAH – A bunch of individuals, Black and white, got here out to assist Asa Davison have a good time his 100th birthday Wednesday.

That breakdown of pigment is price noting, as a result of the person referred to as “Mr. Asa” is a World Warfare II veteran who needed to combat each the Japanese – and Jim Crow – throughout his life and instances.

There have been proclamations from senators and veteran teams bestowed upon him in that eating room at St. Barbara’s Memorial Nursing House, throughout the wet afternoon.

For the previous couple of years, Asa and his spouse, Delores, have known as St. Barbara’s residence.

Room 14, down the corridor and to your left.

Monongah, the previous coal camp in outlying Marion County the place the ability is positioned, thrums with the persistence of reminiscence.

There are nonetheless echoes of the devastating catastrophe on the Monongah Mine in 1907, a large explosion that claimed as many as 500 lives, relying upon which historian you discuss to.

Hear carefully, and also you additionally might hear the cheers from Nick Saban’s state championship season because the quarterback of the Monongah Excessive Lions in 1968.

What folks heard and felt Wednesday at St. Barbara’s was love for Asa – and Delores, too.  

Brian Davison smiled down at his dad, as he wheeled him to the eating room for the birthday celebration.

Because the shells rained down on New Guinea throughout a day 81 years in the past, a Bible might have saved Asa’s life, so he might come residence to marry Delores.

He was drafted two years after Pearl Harbor and shipped out to the South Pacific.

Asa crawled out of his foxhole and was promptly knocked flat on his again.

His chest harm, however there was no blood.

The Bible he carried in his entrance pocket had a metallic plate together with his title engraved.

It was creased, by both shrapnel or a bullet.

“I by no means did determine it out,” Asa mentioned. “I used to be blessed.”

Brian, who’s now an engineer in Texas, comes residence so much lately to assist his different siblings are likely to his mother and father.

“Blessed,” is an effective adjective to explain his upbringing, he mentioned.

Racism might sting like a bullet, Brian mentioned – however he by no means noticed any rancor from his dad.

“He by no means complains,” he mentioned, marveling. He by no means will get mad.”

After the proclamations had been learn, and after “Completely happy Birthday” was sung and the cake lower, it was simply Asa and Delores. They lately celebrated their 73rd anniversary.

“Asa, I really like you.”

“I really like you, child. You’re my lady.”