WILSON, WILMER DWAYNE
WILSON, WILMER DWAYNE
Rank / Branch:
HOSPITAL CORPMAN U.S. NAVY
3RD MARINE DIVISION
Date of Birth:
HOSTILE, DIED MISSING
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WILMER DWAYNE WILSON, HOSPITAL CORPMAN 3, U.S. NAVY, SWEETWATER, NOLAN COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Combat Corpsman Badge, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Military Merit Medal
Wilmer Dwayne Wilson was born in Sweetwater, Texas to Wilmer Dayton and Margie Dean Sanders Wilson. He attended schools in Sweetwater and graduated from Sweetwater High School, Class of 1966. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from high school. He completed Navy Recruit Training at the U.S. Navy Recruit Training Depot in San Diego, California and then completed Hospital Corpsman training.
U.S. Navy Picture from Newspaper
He began his tour in Vietnam on December 15, 1967 and he was attached to the Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. In April 1968, after the seige of the Khe Sanh Combat Base had been broken, General Westmoreland, Commanding General of MACV wanted more aggressive patroling around the Khe Sanh area to protect those who remained. On April 16, 1968, the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, was holding a defensive perimeter on Hill 869 near Khe Sanh. At sun up two platoons from Alpha Company, 1/9 set out on a patrol to the southest of Hill 689. While moving up a ridgeline, the patrol engaged an NVA force dug in atop the ridge, an engagement which developed into a full-fledged battle that continued through the night and into the next day and night. At the conclusion of the battle, the Marines ejected the NVA from the ridge, they endured heavy losses-41 Marines and sailors were killed and 32 wounded. HN Wilson was one of three Corpsman to die in the battle and was killed in the combat on April 16, 1968 while rendering aid to a wounded marine. He had turned 20 years old the day before.
Garden of Memories Cemetery, Sweetwater, Texas
He was buried with full military honors in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sweetwater, Texas. He was survived by his parents, three sisters Bonnie, Mary and Linda and by three brothers, Gary, Buford and Lawrence all of the home of his parents in Sweetwater.