Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Keith Davis

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Keith Davis

"V" for Valor
As a 25-year-old freshman, Keith Davis got a late start on his college education. But in the seven years since graduating from high school in Lumberton, Texas, he has experienced more than most students will in a lifetime. In 2002, Keith enlisted in the Marine Corps. After being deployed to Iraq, he took part in the assaults on Ramadi and Fallujah, earning two Purple Hearts and two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals with "V" for valor. He made it through both battles unscathed, but on Aug. 3, 2005, his luck ran out when machine gun fire ripped into his abdomen and shattered his left hip. It took 53 pints of blood to save his life but doctors couldn't salvage the leg. Today, Davis is pursuing a degree in history with an eye on joining the Foreign Service after graduation. While he was nervous about returning to civilian life, he says the support of University faculty and staff has made the transition much easier. And, after years of viewing the world through a military mindset, he credits other students with opening his eyes to the importance of freedom of thought and expression.

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