Daniel Webster “Junior” Wilson was born on 20 April 1915, Mountain City, Tennessee, son of Daniel Webster Wilson, Sr. and Jessie Jenkins Wilson. Husband of Margaret Elizabeth Clough. He enlisted in the Army on June 3, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He died non battle on 26 March 1945. He drowned in the Marne River while on duty.
He is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold (Moselle), France, G, 15, 18

Daniel, who resided in New Castle, Delaware, served as a Staff Sergeant with the 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

The Johnson County News, 25 January 1945
Word has been received by Mrs. Margaret Wilson, Newport, Delaware, that her husband, Sgt Daniel Wilson Jr., formerly of here has been slightly wounded in action in Germany. Sgt. Wilson has been awarded the Purple Heart. He is serving with Gen. Patch’s 7th army somewhere in Germany, he also served in Africa, Italy and France before going into Germany. He has two brothers serving in the army, Cpl. Ray Wilson in the tank division, Germany, and Sgt. Arthur Wilson in the air corps, Elgin Field, Florida.

The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware), 23 May 1945
Sergeant Wilson had been reported missing in action on March 26. Hi wife has now received word that he was killed in action on the date he had been reported missing. Sergeant Wilson entered the Army in June, 1943. He received basic training at Camp Croft, S.C., was then sent to Fort George Meade, Md., and overseas in November. He landed in Africa on Dec. 3, 1943 and then went to Italy. Sergeant Wilson served at the Anio beachhead with the Fifth Army and in the invasion of Southern France, with the Seventh Army. He was in the 45th (Thunder Bird)  Division of the Seventh Army, serving under General Patch at the time of his death. The soldier was slightly wounded on Dec. 23. He wore the Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, Expert Combat Infantry Badge, as well as the Purple Heart. Sergeant Wilson not long ago, helped a German-speaking sergeant in capturing some Germans. The Germans insisted on surrendering to an officer. They were convinced that the sergeant was an officer when Wilson came up, stood at attention and “sirred” the sergeant. The group captured 16 Nazis by the ruse. Before his induction into the service Sergeant Wilson was employed by the Electric Hose and Rubber company. He is formerly from Mountain City, Tenn. Besides his wife who is residing with her parents at Newport, his father, D.W. Wilson of Mountain City, Tenn., four brothers and two sisters, also survived. Two of the brothers are also serving in the armed forces.

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 20 April 1915
  • Date of death: 26 March 1945
  • County: Johnson
  • Hometown: Mountain City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Anzio
  • Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, Expert Combat Infantry Badge
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold (Moselle), France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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