Following the death of Meyer Davis, Jr., who died with his shipmates when the USS Buck was lost off the isle of Capri October 9, 1943, the Davis family received a photograph and letter from Mrs. Junius S. Morgan, President of the Citizens Committee for the Army and Navy, Inc., in New York. The letter, dated March 5, 1945, informed the family that Triptych Number 251, "Madonna of the Skyways," had been installed in the Chapel of the U.S. Naval Air Station in Miami, Florida. A donor, Al Paul Lefton, had suggested the painting by Russell Speakman and made the memorial possible. It was inscribed to read, "In memory of a fine lad, Meyer Davis, Jr., Storekeeper, 1st class, and his Shipmates."
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MS 127, Meyer and Hilda Davis family papers
Davis family, Navy, World War II, military service, memorials, Citizens Committee for the Army and Navy, Triptych movement