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is honored on Panel 8E, Line 82 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Florida Times-Union June 29, 1966

    Posted on 7/28/17 - by Jim McIlhenney

    Two young Jacksonville soldiers have been killed in action in Viet Nam. They are Spec. 4C Ernest E. McAlum, son of Mrs. Jack Wilhite of 622 May St., and Pfc. Norman Raymond Wilson, brother of Mrs. Scarlette Brown Greene of 1360 Golfair Blvd.
    Spec. McAlum, who was 24, was killed in combat June 23, according to his mother. A member of the 101st Airborne Division, he enlisted in the Army six years ago. He had been in Viet Nam since Jan. 15.
    A native of Alamo, GA., the soldier had lived in Jacksonville since boyhood. He attended Lee High School and worked for Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., before enlisting.
    In addition to his mother, Spec. McAlum is survived by his widow, Mary, and son, Curtis Lee McAlum, both of Thomaston, Ga; a brother, Oscar McAlum of Jacksonville; two sisters, Mrs. David Ashton of Jacksonville and Mrs. Donald Dobson of Sanderson; and several nieces and nephews.
    Arrangements for the funeral, which will be held in Thomaston, are pending arrival of his body.
    Pfc. Wilson, 24, who was assigned to a transportation unit in an artillery battalion, had been listed as missing in action since June 15. His family received word Saturday that his body had been found.
    Born in Lake City, Pfc. Wilson came to Jacksonville when he was 7 years old and lived with two aunts, Mrs. Emma L. Goodman and the late Mrs. H.B. Jenkins, until entering service.
    He was graduated in 1959 from New Stanton High School, where he was a member of the Stanton Blue Devils marching band. The soldier was a carrier boy for the Florida Times-Union for six years during his junior and senior high school days, and also was a member of the School Boy Patrol.
    Pfc. Wilson attended Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach for three years before enlisting in the Army. After completing his first three-year tour of duty, he worked in Seattle, Wash., and then re-enlisted early this year.
    In Addition to his sister, he is survived by a son, Eric Wilson of Chicago, and his mother, Mrs. Birdie A. Bradley of Jacksonville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/21/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Ernest E McAlum, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • You were a brave soldier

    Posted on 5/29/13 - by Vern Miller, 3rd squad, 3rd platoon, Charlie Company, 7th Cavalry


    I remember the night before you were killed. You said that you couldn't wait to get back to your wife and young son. Sgt. Johnson volunteered to take his squad to try and flank the NVA who had ambushed us. You were brave to have undertaken such a task. They said you saw the sniper, and when you did, he ended your life. Your death that day has caused me much mental anguish for many years because I couldn't help but thinking that our squad should have gone with you and that it was unfair that you died! I am glad that I have been able to contact your widow after all these years. It has helped to heal my soul! You will always be remembered by me: especially, on June 23rd. Rest in peace my friend.

  • We love you PawPaw

    Posted on 9/7/11 - by Ashley McAlum
    I never knew you but you are my grandfather, and I am so thankful to have you in my family. I am honored to know that you gave your life for our country. We love you and never will forget you~
  • Remembered

    Posted on 4/28/11
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
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