Rob Roy Davis enlisted in the U.S. Navy on November 1, 1940 and received his initial training at the Naval Training Station Norfolk, Virginia. He was assigned to the USS Helena (CL50). Rob Roy survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The Helena was torpedoed with 21 killed and 79 wounded. He was still aboard the USS Helena when she sank in battle with Japanese destroyers on July 6, 1943, at Kula Gulf. On August 6, 1943, Roy was assigned to the USS Houston (CL81) – commissioned at Newport News, Virginia- to join the Pacific Fleet in 1944. Rob Roy served on the Houston until he was discharged on December 15, 1946. His awards include the American Defense Medal with 1 battle star, the American Area Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal with 9 battle stars, the Good Conduct Medal with 1 star for second award and the Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.