Volunteers clear downed tree from Macon Medal of Honor recipient's grave

Volunteers clear Medal of Honor recipient's grave / Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Macon Medal of Honor recipient Rodney Davis' grave is back to the way it should be after a tree fell onto it during Tropical Storm Irma.

A group of volunteers, led by a woman who wrote a book about Davis, spent Friday morning clearing the tree off of his grave at Linwood Cemetery.

Author Mary Therese Griffin said she visited the grave on Wednesday to pay respects when she saw the large tree completely covering it. She said she couldn't leave it like that after the sacrifice Davis made for the country.

On September 6, 1967, while serving in the Quang Nam Province in Vietnam, Davis threw himself on a grenade thrown into a trench to save his fellow Marines. President Richard Nixon presented Davis with Medal of Honor posthumously.

Alice Jackson of Macon Cemetery Preservation, who was out on Friday helping to clean Davis' grave, said that knowing they are honoring a fallen hero is something important to her.

"For someone who has given the ultimate sacrifice, for us to be doing what we're doing today...It's an honor to be out here cleaning it up," she said.

Griffin said Davis' legacy leaves behind a lasting message.

"It doesn't matter what your background is, we're all human beings, we're all Americans," she said. "We should all ban together and honor what we have."

She also said she hopes that he is looking down on those who are now looking out for him.

"I hope he's smiling and sees what's going on here, because this is Middle Georgia strong," she said.

Jackson encouraged anyone who is interested in helping to maintain the Lynwood Cemetery to join Macon Cemetery Preservation, which goes out on the second Saturday of every month to clean it up. If you are interested, call Jackson at 478- 746-0589.

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