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World War II - U.S. Marine Corps

Robert Lee Wilson

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    2d Battalion, 6th Marines,
    2d Marine Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 4, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Tinian Island, Mariana Islands
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Tinian Island, Marianas Group, on 4 August 1944. As one of a group of marines advancing through heavy underbrush to neutralize isolated points of resistance, Pfc. Wilson daringly preceded his companions toward a pile of rocks where Japanese troops were supposed to be hiding. Fully aware of the danger involved, he was moving forward while the remainder of the squad, armed with automatic rifles, closed together in the rear when an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the group. Quick to act, Pfc. Wilson cried a warning to the men and unhesitatingly threw himself on the grenade, heroically sacrificing his own life that the others might live and fulfill their mission. His exceptional valor, his courageous loyalty and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave peril reflect the highest credit upon Pfc. Wilson and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert L. Wilson
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert L. Wilson
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 26, 1945
    Centralia, Illinois American Legion Home - presented to his parents Mr. & Mrs. Joe Wilson
  • Born: May 24, 1921, Centralia, Marion County, IL, United States
  • Died: August 4, 1944, Tinian Island, Mariana Islands
  • Buried: Hillcrest Memorial Park (MH) (1-351), Centralia, IL, United States

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