On January 10, 2020, General Council Treasurer Morris D. “Moe” Stephens and Executive Vice President and CEO Bob Biggs met with Brother Render Crayton from Georgia Delta at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona where Brother Stephens presented him with the J.K. Davis Award for 2019. The award, named in honor of General John Kerry “J.K.” Davis, New Mexico ’51, is periodically awarded to a Phi Delta Theta member for outstanding service in defense of liberty as a member of the Armed Forces. Sadly, General J.K. Davis entered the Chapter Grand in 2019.
Brother Crayton’s 30-year military career culminated as a naval captain. He was imprisoned in the Hanoi Hilton and another prisoner-of-war camp for seven years during the Vietnam War. Later he served as Rear Admiral Stockdale’s chief of staff at the United States Naval Academy, commanded the navy base at Rota, Spain, and established the ROTC program at San Diego State University.
It was with grateful appreciation on behalf of the entire organization that Brother Stephens had the honor to present the 2019 J.K. Davis Award to Brother Render Crayton.