Mayor Greg Raths attends wake of four-star General John Kerry Davis

Mayor of Mission Viejo and Congressional Candidate Colonel Greg Raths paid respect to the highly-decorated General J.K. Davis. The wake was held at Paradise Falls in Oceanside on October 22nd, and attended by fellow veterans, friends, and family.

General J.K. Davis was a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general. As a Vietnam War veteran and naval aviator, he served as the Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (1977–1978) and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1978-1978). His final assignment was as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1983 to 1986.

“We would not be living the way we do now if it weren’t for brave men and women like General J.K. Davis,” said Mayor Greg Raths.

General Davis had flown more than 30 different aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps and flew 285 combat hours in the Republic of Vietnam, and 171 combat missions. Over his military career, he earned 16 awards and medals, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross.

General J.K. Davis was both well-respected and greatly loved by everyone that knew him. His legacy lives on through his daughters Julie Eichner, Gwen Best, Keri Davis, and five grandchildren.

Colonel Greg Raths is running for the 45th Congressional District representing all or portions of Irvine, Tustin, Villa Park, Orange, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Anaheim, Aliso Viejo, and Laguna Niguel.

Raths served our nation for 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. He is a highly decorated combat fighter pilot of Operation Desert Storm, Southern Watch & Restore Hope. He was a F/A-18 Hornet Fighter Squadron Commanding Officer aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. He also served as the Chief of Staff for the White House Military Office.

Since retiring from the United States Marine Corps, Colonel Raths continues his service and dedication to those who have served. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council. He was first elected to the Mission Viejo City Council in 2014, and re-elected in 2018. He was then unanimously appointed as Mayor of Mission Viejo by his Council colleagues.

Colonel Raths has been part of the Orange County community for many years. He came to Mission Viejo in 1978 as a young First Lieutenant, where he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at the Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro. He is married to Luci, and together they have three children and six grandchildren.

The primary election is on March 3rd, 2020, with the top two vote recipients advancing to the General Election on November 3rd, 2020.

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This article was released by the Greg Raths for Congress 2020 Committee.