A Family Hero – 17 February 1945


We commemorate family members with pride, love, and sorrow for their ultimate sacrifice in service.

Lt. Rufus Newton Wilson, U.S. Army Air Corps, B-26 Marauder Pilot
456th Bomb Squadron, 323rd Bomb Group

Entering the Air Corps in 1940, Rufus Wilson served in England, Ireland, France and Germany.

LT Rufus Newton Wilson (1st on Left) and Crew Members
12 June 1944

Wounded in action on a B-26 mission in the Battle of Remagen during the Allied invasion of Germany, his aircraft burst into flames from heavy flak on February 14, 1945.  Lt Wilson would survive the crash and later die of his injuries in a German hospital at Krefeld on February 17.

WWII American Medium Bomber B-26 Marauder

Recipient of the Air Medal and Purple Heart, Lt. Wilson was additionally awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, presented for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight.


  To Family Veterans in All the Joint Services

Eternal Reverence and Gratitude

 For Your Sacrifice on Behalf of Freedom


…For Your Tomorrow,
We Gave Our Today

Kohima Epitaph

Rufus Newton Wilson

Your Family has Missed your Presence in our Lives


About Karen Evans

Advocate For Honoring Military Service
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2 Responses to A Family Hero – 17 February 1945

  1. GP Cox says:

    May they all know peace together.

  2. Karen Evans says:

    Indeed and God Bless them all. Thank you, GP.

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