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Troy V Wilson

June 27, 1924 September 12, 2019
Troy V Wilson
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Troy V. Wilson of Crescent City, California took his heavenly flight from his home on September 12, 2019 at the age of 95. Troy the tenth of fourteen siblings born to William Thomas Wilson and Maude Myrtle Wilson. He was born June 27th, 1924 in Bokoshe, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). He was preceded in death by his parents, twelve siblings, his beloved wife Nadine Griffin Wilson to whom he was married for fifty-three years, son Bobby Wilson, daughter Diane Shellenbeck and granddaughter Deva Lambert.

He is survived by his son Jerry Wilson, daughter Debbie Wilson, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sister Faye Wilson Tidwell, 47 nieces and nephews and many more relatives. He is also survived by his longtime love and companion Darlene Smith.

Troy sacrificed early in his earning years in the service to purchase a home for his parents and the last two remaining siblings at their home: twins Maye and Faye. It was an acre of land centrally located in the Cavanaugh community of Fort Smith, Arkansas which hosted a large two-story log house for which he frugally saved to make necessary payments. The log home became a central meeting place for family members for the next twenty years or more.

In the world of the church. Troy was not a man who made his religious beliefs obvious, but one only had to have a conversation with him to know his deep reverence for God. His one on one relationship with the Creator became intensified on Omaha Beach, and in the Korean conflict. Truly heaven has opened its arms to one who served his fellow countrymen well.

CPO/QM Troy was a much honored and decorated hero of the United States Navy, a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He participated in seven major invasions: Fedala French Morocco; Sicily Italy; Salerno Italy; Southern France, D-Day Normandy at Omaha Beach; Inchon Hungnam River, Korea. He participated in landing marines in Inchon with a 30' tide, leaving the ships stranded and sitting ducks until the tide came back in. It was so cold. High fevers hit several men, five of whom came down with polio including Troy. His left arm and right leg were semi paralyzed. His throat was affected by polio to the point of eating only baby food for six months. Half his throat was paralyzed the remainder of his life. While in the service, he witnessed the atomic bomb test on Bikini Island. Ordered to turn his back to the mushroom cloud, he and others aboard ship felt the heat of the explosion on the back side of their bodies, though at a great distance from ground zero.

Among the many medals and awards given for his outstanding service were- GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL. ASIATIC - PACIFIC AREA MEDAL. EUROPEAN AFRICAN MIDDLE EASTERN AREA MEDAL (5 stars).

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy on January 28th, 1954. Making his home largely in Southern and Northern California.

Featured in a book THE ARKANSAS FOURTEEN written by his niece Sandra Thieme, Troy spoke of he and some of his siblings having to spend years in Tillis Children's Home in Fort Smith, Arkansas due to the harshness of the times (Great Depression), and inability of his parents to care for the children. The experience forged in him a determination to succeed and succeed he did.

Troy enjoyed success as a mail man; he became a highly honored insurance salesman for a time; a businessman; and a very successful realtor. He also created and owned many successful restaurants, one named Troy's is still open today in the city of Orange, California.

Troy found the place he belonged in Crescent City where he enjoyed golfing well into his 90's continuing to look for that perfect golf course. During his golfing years he made over one hundred Hole in Ones!

The Wilson family and large extended family are especially touched by the passing of one of their own whom they were always proud to hail as a hero for their country, and for the posterity of the dozens of families who held him in such esteem.

A memorial services was held on Friday, September 20th in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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12:00 PM 11/22/2019 12:00:00 PM
V.F.W. Memorial Hall

810 H Street
Crescent, CA 95531

V.F.W. Memorial Hall
810 H Street Crescent 95531 CA
United States

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Del Norte County Veteran's Cemetery Final Resting Place

400 Cooper Avenue
Crescent City, CA 95531

400 Cooper Avenue Crescent City 95531 CA
United States

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