Service and Medals of the Dallas County, Iowa, Wilson Brothers

One central Iowa family lost three sons during World War II. Five of Clabe and Leora Wilson’s sons served. Only two came home.

Military Service of CEM Donald W. Wilson of Dexter and Minburn

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CEM Don Wilson is left of the center man. USS Hancock, July 1945–between the Japanese surrender and the signing. Tokyo Bay.

1934-1937 USS Chicago (CA-29)

1937 – 1942 Plank-owner on the USS Yorktown (CV-5)

1941 – Neutrality Patrol, Atlantic

1942 – Battles of Coral Sea and Midway, where the Yorktown was sunk. Citation for salvage attempt, had to abandon ship twice.

1944-1946 – Plank-owner on the USS Hancock (CV-19)

Nearly every Naval battle in the Pacific until the end of the war, except when out of action after being attacked by a kamikaze


Navy Commendation Medal (Yorktown Salvage Attempt)

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 7 Stars

Philippine Liberation Medal

Philippine Defense Ribbon with 2 Stars

American Defense Service Medal with “A” and 1 Star

China Service Medal

Navy Occupation Service Medal

Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon

American Theater Medal

WW II Victory Medal

Navy Good Conduct Medal


Military Service of E 1/c Delbert G. Wilson of Dexter, Minburn, and Perry


1934-1937  USS Chicago (CA-29)

1942-1943  USS Maumee (A0-2) – Convoy to North Africa, hurricane and muffler fire on the way back, oil runs to Aruba

1944-1945 Ran an Attack Teacher at Submarine School



European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

American Campaign Medal

WWII Victory Medal

Navy Good Conduct Medal


Military Service of 1Lt. Dale R. Wilson, Dexter and Minburn

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Lt. Dale Wilson, B-25 copilot, standing center.

1942-1943 USAAF Cadet Training

1943 – Commission and pilot wings. B-25 pilot

1943 – Combat with 823rd BS, 38th Bomb Group, 5th AF, 17-Mile Field, Port Moresby, New Guinea

1943 – MIA Nov. 27, off Wewak/Boram, New Guinea, with five others

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1944 – Three people on the West Coast heard him named as a POW over Radio Tokyo

1946 – DOD (Declaration of Death) officially made


Purple Heart

Air Medal

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

WWII Victory Medal


Military Service of 1Lt. Daniel S. Wilson, Dexter and Minburn

1943-1944 USAAF Cadet Training

1944 – Commission and pilot wings. P-38 pilot

1944-1945 – Combat with 37th FS, 14th FG, 15th AF, Triolo, Italy

1945 – Feb. 19, MIA Schwanberg, Austria


1946 – Telegram that he had been KIA on the date he was reported MIA

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Dan Wilson is buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France


Purple Heart

Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

American Campaign Medal

World War II Victory Medal


Military Service of F/O C. Junior Wilson, Dexter, Minburn, and Perry


1943-1944 USAAF Cadet Training

1944 – Rank of Flight Officer and pilot wings. P-40 pilot

1945 – Killed in training August 9 when the engine of his P-40N threw a rod and exploded in formation–the day the second atomic bomb was dropped. Near Victoria, Texas.

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    • They were. I was surprised at how many Uncle Don’s added up to. And he was at sea when each of the three younger brothers were lost, and also their dad the fall of 1946.

    • Yes, it was. And if a bomber went down, it took 5-10 men with it. The Air Force was part of the Army then (Army Air Forces) so it’s hard to come up with statistics.

  1. Incredible story. May these young men always be remembered. I can’t image being a gold star mom and the pain of owning this title three times😢

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