Veterans Day has a special meaning to the team here at Allan Vigil Dealerships. With Mr. Vigil having served in the military himself, and many Veterans on staff, we strongly believe that Veterans are America’s true heroes. We applaud any man or woman who has made a conscious decision to sacrifice their safety and time spent with family in order to serve our country and make it a safer place for us all.
We’re pleased to introduce you to Dave Davis, a Business Development Center Manager at Allan Vigil Ford of Fayetteville, and a Veteran of the Army, where he served our country for 23 years.
When did you enter the Army?
July 21, 1955. I was wide-eyed and didn’t really know what it was about or how I was going to do there. So I had to learn a lot, in a hurry.
Tell us a little about your experience with the Army
It was very interesting. Most of my military career, I was in field artillery. My job there was in operations and intelligence. And my job, specifically, was to analyze pictures and photos, and lift objects off of a photo and put those locations on a grid or chart. And then I came up with range deflection and plotted information on how, if necessary, to deliver an artillery round from 7-9 miles away onto a target. I was a computer. Because we didn’t have computers back then. We also had to analyze wind speed, wind direction, and things like that, and transfer them into numbers to add in to the final range and deflection.
What happened when computers were invented to do your job?
When computers came in, my job was to check the computers and monitor the generators we used in the field. If the generators malfunctioned, the numbers it would produce would be off. That’s why they still needed people like me to monitor the errors of the computer.
Have you gotten to do anything special in honor of Veterans Day this year?
The dealership provided a vehicle for the Veterans Day parade. Myself and another co-worker, who is also a Vietnam Veteran, are going to ride around town. I take it very seriously, because we are honoring the Veterans of the Korean war. It’s often called The Forgotton War. I like the idea of it and hope that it becomes an annual tradition.
Mr. Vigil is a Veteran as well, correct?
Yes, Mr. Vigil and I both served in Vietnam at the same time. We were in different places, but that’s something we have in common. I am honored to work for him now here at Allan Vigil Ford. This job has really kept me in touch with a lot of people. Because of a lot of my job revolves around the internet, I get to be in touch with a whole world of intelligent people. I really like that about my job.
We are grateful for the service of Dave Davis, and all of the other Veterans on our staff.