Junior Wilson: Funeral

Junior’s funeral took place at 2:30 in the afternoon August 14, 1945, at the Workman Funeral Home in Perry, Iowa. The forty-eight-star flag from the casket was ceremoniously folded. Lieutenant Woods presented the grieving parents, Clabe and Leora, with this symbol of their son’s service and sacrifice. 

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Claiborne Junior Wilson was the first in the family buried in Perry’s Violet Hill Cemetery. 

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President Truman announced that Japan had agreed to unconditional surrender. The day after the funeral, the town of Perry joined the rest of the country in celebrating VJ-Day (Victory over Japan) with bells and sirens. 

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Leora’s diary

I was a toddler underfoot. I just cannot imagine how they got through this day. Even young Ralph Woods. He and Junior were buddies at the airbase.

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