Honoring RADIOMAN, Ray Daves

12/17/2010

Honoring the subject of Carol Hipperson’s RADIOMAN, Ray Daves.

Spokane WWII vet to be honored when President signs bill 

by Abbey Gibb and KREM.com

krem.com
Posted on December 17, 2010 at 6:40 PM
Updated Friday, Dec 17 at 6:47 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A bill to honor a Spokane World War II veteran only needs President Obama’s signature.

The bill renames the Spokane International Airport's new air traffic control tower after 90-year-old Ray Daves.

Daves was one of Spokane's first air traffic controllers.

“When I was first told they were going to name the tower after me, I said ‘no way’”, said Daves. “Things like that do not happen.”

But they happen to deserving men like Daves.

“That was my life and my career,” said Daves. “I'd go on vacation and look forward to going to going back to work. I loved it that much.”

Daves gave 27 years to it. It was a skill he learned as a radio man during some of the greatest battles of World War II.

When a few Spokane Airport workers read his biography "Radio Man" they took up the cause of renaming their beloved tower and it made it all the way through Congress.

“I had my doubts at first,” said Daves about the initial effort.

But once the bill had passed the U.S. House and headed to the U.S. Senate for a vote, Daves tried to let it sink in.

“Just to think they would take a federal facility operated by federal employees and name that after an ordinary citizen...it just blew my mind,” said Daves.

There's no word yet when President Obama will sign the renaming into law, but those close to this in Washington, D.C. told KREM 2 News it's only a matter of time.

“I couldn't be anymore excited than I am right now,” said Daves.