Hi all, I am new to this forum but was directed here by another fellow family historian. I am trying to research and find out my grandfather's Army unit he served with in World War II. I have contacted the NARA in St. Louis already who informed me my grandfather's records were destroyed in the 1973 fire. Here's what I know and ALL they could provide: His name: Clarence Franklin Wilson Place of enlistment: Colby, Kansas Date of enlistment: August 10, 1944 Served in Philippines. Medals: 2 purple hearts (2 gunshot wounds), Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, WW II Victory Medal. Rank: Private First Class Discharged: May 14, 1946 Fort Douglas, Utah
Grandpa Wilson NEVER spoke of his service until on his death bed. He died in 1992. He spent the last 2 hours of his life telling my dad a story of how he spent several months in a foxhole (in the Philippines-not specific about area) up to his waist in water and he couldn't save the life of one of his buddies.He said it never stopped raining for weeks on end and how he hated the jungle heat. He did bring home a Japanese gun which was sadly sold at a garage sale in the 1970's by my grandma. He was shot twice in combat and suffered a serious bout of malaria and yellow fever. I have one photograph of him from this time and the only thing written on the back was "Manila" (no date). He was sent to Hawaii to recover from his malaria at the military hospital. I would be very appreciative if anyone can help. I would like to find out the unit and anyone who might put me in contact with anyone who knew him. A long shot but fingers are crossed!