Humboldt County

T/4 Wilford J. Wilson



ALGONA—In an informal ceremony recently in the office of the commanding officer of the prisoner of war camp here, Mr. and Mrs. Knute Wilson, of Thor, Iowa, posthumously received the bronze star medal won by their son, T/4 Wilford J. Wilson.  Wilson was killed in action last fall.

Presentation of the medal was made by Lt. Colonel A. T. Lobdell, commanding officer of the prisoner of war camp. Also expressing sympathy was Capt. Everett M. Robbio, camp chaplain, who served 43 months overseas before being returned to the United States for further duty.

T/4 Wilson was a member of the 113th cavalry, an Iowa National Guard unit.  He enlisted in Des Moines. Up to the time of his death in action, he served with the same outfit.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, September 14, 1945

Wilford John Wilson was born Oct. 20, 1917 to Knute John and Lucy Eglentine Dingman Wilson. He died Oct. 7, 1944 in Germany. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Eagle Grove, IA.

Sgt. Wilson served with Troop C, 113th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized), U.S Army in World War II.

Sources: World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from Iowa;