Post 44 honors World War II veteran from Warren
A flag honoring American Legion Post 44 veteran of the month Victor P. Wilson is raised at the All Wars Memorial on Saturday. BZ photos
A World War II veteran who hailed from Warren is American Legion Post 44 of Bantam’s veteran of the month.
Victor P. Wilson, who died June 10, 1978, was honored during a service at the All Wars Memorial on Saturday. It was the 358th consecutive veteran of the month service.
Wilson’s son is Post 44 finance office Wayne Wilson of Warren. Wayne Wilson, his sister, Vicki Durham of Goshen, and several relatives attended the service.
Victor P. Wilson enlisted in the Army on April 17, 1941. After basic training at Camp Wheeler in Macon, Ga., and advanced training in heavy equipment maintenance, Wilson married Helene H. Kasular on Christmas Day in 1941.
He joined the 38th Engineering Battalion in Charleston, S.C., as it prepared for a mission to Ascension Island in the South Pacific. The 38th built and maintained a landing strip for Allied planes.
Wilson was discharged on Oct. 21, 1945. He received the Army Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Ribbon, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.
Back in civilian life, Wilson was certified as a carpenter and would build his own home in Warren in 1949, on two acres of land that was part of his family’s farm.
In Warren, Wilson belonged to the Warren Volunteer Fire Company and Bates Schnell Post 168 of the American Legion and served on the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
Wilson was born Dec. 15, 1912, the son of Sylvester and Mary Wilson of New York City. The family moved to a 242-acre farm in Warren in 1920 and Wilson attended Warren West School.
Wilson is buried in the New Warren Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, a brother, Percy Wilson, his sisters Anna Slate and Gertrude Strong, his son Wayne Wilson and his wife, Donna, and his daughter, Vicki Durham and her husband, Kim. Eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren survive him.
Veterans prepare to march to their posts for the veteran of the month service.
The flag honoring June veteran of the month Frank Fabbri is retired.
Victor P. Wilson's daughter, Vicki Durham, watches the service with her son, Kim Durham, Kim's son, Brandon, left, and Devaghn Wilson.
Post 44's Reggie Harrison salutes as the flag honoring Victor P. Wilson is raised.
Post 44's Mike Magnifico plays taps on his bugle.
John Lilley of Post 44 thanks the crowd for attending.
Relatives of Victor P. Wilson gather after the service concluded.