FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Caroline Tabler or James Arnold (202) 224-2353
February 25, 2021 

Cotton Statement on Considering Col. Davis for the Congressional Medal of Honor 

Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement regarding his request for the Department of Defense to consider U.S. Army Retired Colonel Paris Davis for the Congressional Medal of Honor:

Colonel Davis commanded a Special Forces team in Vietnam and rescued three of his team members during an enemy raid–despite suffering injuries of his own. But because the U.S. Army lost his nomination paperwork, Colonel Davis’ heroic actions have been overlooked for decades. It’s time he be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor he deserves.”

Background:

  • On February 23, Senator Cotton sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin urging the Department of Defense to consider Army Retired Colonel Paris Davis for the Congressional Medal of Honor.
  • In January 2021, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller ordered an expedited review of Colonel Davis’ lost nomination.

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