Wilmer Dwayne WilsonHospitalman
H&S CO, 1ST BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Navy
15 April 1948 - 16 April 1968
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Wilmer Dwayne Wilson was born and raised in Sweetwater, Texas. He nlisted in the Navy after graduating from Sweetwater High School in 1966. He trained as a Hospital Corpman and was assigned to the 9th Marines in Vietnam. He was killed in hostile action on April 16, 1968. He was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and his second Purple Heart. He was buried with full military honors in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sweetwater, Texas.
He is remembered by his community and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Midland, Texas. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.
13 Dec 2005
The picture from the 1966 Sweetwater High School Annual was supplied by a classmate, Elaine Gibson. Wilmer Dwayne Wilson was known as Dwayne by his friends and classmates.
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A Note from The Virtual Wall
On the morning of 16 April, the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, was holding a defensive perimeter on Hill 869 near Khe Sanh. At 0700 a two platoons from Alpha 1/9 set out on a patrol to the southwest 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 of 16/17 April. While the Marines did eject the NVA from the ridge, they endured heavy losses - 41 Marines and sailors killed and 32 wounded.
HN Wilson was one of three Corpsmen killed in the battle.
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There's none better in the business than a Navy Corpsman ..."
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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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