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From: "Vera Reeves" <>
Subject: Wilson brothers
Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 11:11:34 -0500
The date I have is 1946, I'm sure that is the date of the paper as that is the year I'm typing up. I've added the 1942 article and what I have on his brother Charles.
Jan 11, 1946 - Scott Wilson Now Listed by Navy as Lost in Action
Wayne Scott Wilson, Aviation Ordnanceman second-class, son of Mrs Ada Wilson and the late Jesse A. Wilson of Calico Rock, is now listed by the Navy department as deceased. This information was given in a letter from Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, received recently by Mrs Ada Wilson.
Young Wilson has been carried on the official records of the Navy Department as missing in Action since February 24, 1942, when the plane in which he was flying, a unit of the Patrol Wing Ten, was attacked by enemy aircraft over Makassar (sp) Harbor. The plane was on a mission to bob Japanese transports.
Secretary of the Navy Forrestal's letter to Mrs Wilson says in part:
"In view of the additional length of time that has elapsed since your son was reported to be missing, because no official nor unconfirmed reports of his survival have been received and because his name has not appeared on any lists or reports of personnel liberated from Japanese prisoner of war camps, I am reluctantly forced to the conclusion that he is deceased."
"I know what little solace the formal and written word can be to help meet the burden of your loss, but in spite of that knowledge, I cannot refrain from saying very simply, that I am sorry. It is hoped that you can find comfort in the thought that your son gave his life for his country, upholding the highest traditions of the Navy."
(Additional information: There is a marker in the Staggs Cemetery, Izard County, AR)
Wilson, Wayne Scott (A OM2 C) lost at sea 31 Dec 1919 - 20 Feb 1942
Here's want was in the earlier paper on his missing.
Calico Rock Progress
March 13, 1942 - Local Boy Reported Missing in Action
Mr and Mrs Jesse Wilson, residing three miles northwest of Calico Rock, Thursday morning received a telegram from the Navy Department informing them that their son, Scott Wilson, is unaccounted for after three days search. It is feared that the young man is a casualty, as the ship on which he is serving is reported as being sunk. It is believed he was on duty somewhere in the Pacific.
Young Wilson has been in the Navy over two years. He was at home on furlough about a year ago.
Jun 1, 1945 -Pvt. Chas,. H. Wilson
Pvt. Chas H. Wilson, 19 year old son of the late J. A. Wilson and Mrs Ada Wilson of Route 5 Calico Rock, died on Luzon May 6. He had been ill since Apr 3 and seriously ill since May 3. Official notice of his death was received Saturday.
Charles had been in the service since December, 1943. He took his training at Camp Frannin, Texas and was sent over seas in October 1944.
Three of his brothers are in service. Scott, an ordinance man 2nd class, has been missing in the Pacific since February, 1942; Bill, a private first class in the 67th Evacuation Hospital in Czechoslovakia and Bob, seaman second class serving on the U. S. Indiana in the Pacific.
Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs Leila Drown of Pineville, Mrs Frances Jetton of Harrison and Jean and Patti of Calico Rock and two other brothers, Donald and Paul David Wilson of Calico Rock.