Son of Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Wilson, Box 433, Winters. He graduated Winters High School. Entered the Navy during 1942, and trained in San Diego, CA and Jacksonville, and Sanford, Florida.
Sent to Hawaii and the South Pacific as a member of VB-140 and a crew member aboard PV-1 Ventura bombers.
While serving as a crew member aboard PV-1 Ventura 33214, and returning from a night mission, the bomber became lost and ditched at 3:15am on September 17, 1943. According to the other crew members of the bomber, during the landing, Wilson was seated on the deck near the navigator's table and was crushed and killed instantly.
Although his death was observed, he is listed as MIA and is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. For his wartime service, he earned the Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Citation and Purple Heart.
Diary of Ensign E. A. Conlon - page 1
The Men and Women in World War II from Runnels County