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Lt Col John N Wilson

Lt Col John N Wilson

219th Field Artillery Battalion

John Newton Wilson, son of Major General Walter King and Evangeline (Taylor) Wilson, was born November 26, 1913 at Fort Hunt, Virginia. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1935 and married Carolyn Dana Aleshire November 7, 1936 while stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. The couple had a son, Page Vidnor Wilson, born in 1939 who died as a young child in 1941. Lt Col John N Wilson was commander of the 219th Field Artillery Battalion, 35th Infantry Division. He was killed in action July 11, 1944 during the battle for St Lo, France and was posthumously awarded a Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action during the battle in which he died. He is buried at Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France.

Silver Star Medal

Silver Star Medal (posthumous)

Lieutenant Colonel John N Wilson, O19803, Field Artillery, United States Army, for gallantry in action in the vicinity of St Lo, France, 11 July 1944. When the infantry regiment which his artillery battalion was supporting directly moved to its initial contact with the enemy, without regard for his own safety, Colonel Wilson moved aggressively forward with the infantry commander's party as an example to his artillery liaison officer and forward observers and other troops on their initial day of combat, and in an effort to locate appropriate artillery targets, thereby assisting the advance of the infantry. His actions reflect credit upon his character as an officer and are in accord with the highest traditions of the military service. Entered United States Military Academy from New York.

Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 32, 14 September 1944


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