Frieda Davison’s Newest Book, “More Than A Name,” Honors 641 Spartanburg County Veterans

May 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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Frieda Davison

Frieda Patrick Davison and and the publication of her most recent book, “More Than a Name: The Duncan Park Veterans’ Memorial,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015 in the University Readiness Center.

Davison, dean of the library at USC Upstate since 2000, researched the people and the stories behind the more than 641 names listed on the war memorial at Duncan Park.

It was a project that she committed herself to completing in 2008, after sitting at a Memorial Day service at Duncan Park. As the names of the veterans were called out, Davison found herself turning to those in the audience and asking, “ ‘who was he?’,” and “ ‘how did he die?’ ” The response was, “I don’t know.”

“This weighed heavily on my heart,” Davison said. “I kept thinking that somewhere somebody must have all of this information.”

Davison was convinced each member of the military was “More Than a Name.” With the support and help of her co-researcher and late husband David, the research began on what is now a two-volume publication.

Read more about Davison’s book in the Herald-Journal.