Rank: Technician Fifth Grade
Organization: U.S. Army, Medical Detachment, 328th Infantry, 26th Infantry
Place and date: Near Bezange la Petite , France , 8 November 1944.
Entered service at: Fairchance, Pa.
Birth: Fairchance, Pa.
G.O. No.: 47, 18 June 1945.
Citation: He volunteered to assist as an aid man a company other than his own,
which was suffering casualties from constant artillery fire. He administered to the
wounded and returned to his own company when a shell burst injured a number of
its men. While treating his comrades he was seriously wounded, but refused to be
evacuated by litter bearers sent to relieve him. In spite of great pain and loss of
blood, he continued to administer first aid until he was too weak to stand. Crawling
from 1 patient to another, he continued his work until excessive loss of blood
prevented him from moving. He then verbally directed unskilled enlisted men in
continuing the first aid for the wounded. Still refusing assistance himself, he
remained to instruct others in dressing the wounds of his comrades until he was
unable to speak above a whisper and finally lapsed into unconsciousness. The
effects of his injury later caused his death. By steadfastly remaining at the scene
without regard for his own safety, Cpl. Wilson through distinguished devotion to
duty and personal sacrifice helped to save the lives of at least 10 wounded men.
|Awarded the Medal of Honor