Pottawattamie County

Douglas W. Wilson



Christmas Tree Set Up
But Boy Now Is Dead

Several weeks ago Douglas W. Wilson, 27, machinist mate 1/c, wrote and asked his grandparents here to prepare the usual Christmas tree. He would, he said, be home for the holidays.

Today the holiday decorations and presents still remain at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Wilson, 220 Harrison street.

But their grandson will not see them. He died Tuesday night [December 28] at a Chicago naval hospital.

Wilson, who attended local schools, enlisted in the navy when a lad of 17. After three years of service, he left the Navy for a couple of years, then re-enlisted.

Since March he has been under treatment at a naval hospital in Philadelphia. Recently he was granted his discharge for the service and looked forward to being home for the holidays. He left Philadelphia on a stretcher. En route to Chicago he became ill and was taken to a naval hospital in that city last Saturday. His grandparents were notified of his death Tuesday night.

Surviving in addition to his grandparents are his mother, Mrs. Cecil Lucas of Kewaunce, Wis., and a sister, Eulalie Lucas, also of Kewaunce.

The body will arrive Friday at 2 p. m. and will be taken to Woodring’s funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thursday, December 30, 1943, Page 12

Death Notices

WILLIAMS, Douglas William, age 27, 220 Harrison, machinist’s mate in the U. S. navy, died Dec. 28.

Military rites Saturday at 10 a. m. at the Woodring chapel, Reader John Langstrom officiating. Rainbow Post No. 2 of American Legion in charge at Fairview cemetery. The body is at the Woodring funeral home.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Friday, December 31, 1943, Page 12