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West Virginia Veterans Database Record Detail
Item Details: Record Id: 2972
War: WWI
Name: Joseph Volney Wilson
Sex: M
Race: W
County: Ohio
Community: Wheeling
Branch of Service: AEF
Rank: 1st Lt
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Date of Death: 1918/10/23
Place of Death: Delouse, France
Cause of Death: DOI
Place of Burial: Mt. Olivet Cem, Parkersburg, WV
Unit: 163 Aero Sq
Date of Birth: 1895/09/16
Place of Birth: Grove City, PA

Father:

Rev. Gill I. Wilson
Mother: Amanda Wilson
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Date Added to Memorial:  Original
Source: WV Vet Mem Application; Wetzel Republican - death notice - 8 Nov 1918; Parkersburg Sentinel - death notice - 11/7/1918; Sistersville Daily Review - death notice - 11/6/1918; The Lafayette Escadrille by H. M. Mason, Jr., WV Archives, Charleston WV, p. 300; Ritchie Standard - death notice - 1918/11/13; Wheeling Intelligencer 1918/11/05 - page 5; Find a Grave
Notes: Newspaper article has the following "...was killed in France 23 Oct 1918 by a fall from his aeroplane. He was buried 26 Oct, his brother, 1st Lt. Gill R. Wilson, having charge of the services....He was a student for the ministry of the Presbyterian church and had offered himself as a missionary for Alaska where he expected to use the aeroplane in traveling the long distances.....He sleeps in a Flanders field." The Lafayette Escadrille has the following information on Joseph: American pilots who flew with French operational escadrilles other than l'Escadrille Lafayette, many of whom later transferred to US branch of service..Cpl. Joseph V. Wilson Escadrille #: BR. 117 from Wheeling WV Remarks: USAS 163 Sq. KLD 10.23.18. Ritchie newspaper calls him J. Bonley; French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star.
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