WAYNE M WILSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 23W, LINE 24 OF THE WALL

WAYNE MICHAEL WILSON

WALL NAME

WAYNE M WILSON

PANEL / LINE

23W/24

DATE OF BIRTH

10/01/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/30/1969

HOME OF RECORD

BEAVER

COUNTY OF RECORD

Beaver County

STATE

OK

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WAYNE MICHAEL WILSON
POSTED ON 8.19.2021
POSTED BY: Thomas LeGrand

My friend

I'll always remember you Mike. You were like my older brother. You protected me, stood up for me and taught me what it was like to have courage and stand up for what was right. I'll always love you my friend...
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POSTED ON 5.29.2021
POSTED BY: Jim Walter

Remembering a good man.

I’m sorry it took me all these years to discover this website. I was the platoon commander of Third Platoon, M 3/9, and Wayne was one of my squad leaders. I had taken a squad size patrol down a jungle path leading off Hill 452 in Quang Tri Province on the morning of 5/30/69. Wayne’s squad was one of the ones left back. We hadn’t gone far when we got hit from two sides by NVA. After the firefight, we returned to the LZ with our casualties and a POW. I cannot improve upon Mike Finnie’s detailed account on these pages of the events leading up to Wayne’s death. All I remember is that after we got everyone back to the LZ, Wayne remained with the body of his best friend, Cpl. Erskine Oliver, who had been killed in the firefight. It was then that a sniper shot Wayne in the throat, and he was killed instantly. You remember all your men the rest of your life, but Wayne really stood out. He was what they call a Marine’s Marine. I still have a picture of him that I keep in my bookcase. He was a good man.
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POSTED ON 5.30.2017
POSTED BY: Jana

48 years.....

Brother, how can it be that you have been gone 48 years today!? I will always miss you and you will always and forever be my hero.
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POSTED ON 5.30.2017
POSTED BY: CMS Terry Peckham

Thanks Mike

It seems like only yesterday that you were helping my dad break horses. Always enjoyed you letting me tag along on the rides up the river. Thanks for your service. I have visited the wall many times and took comfort in placing my hand over your name and the giving you a salute. I am thankful that you were my friend. RIP
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POSTED ON 9.21.2014
POSTED BY: Jana Atkinson

Fighting Heart Award

Fighting Heart Award
In Honor of
Mike Wilson - Cpl Wayne Michael Wilson
United State Marine Corps – Vietnam Conflict

On May 30, 1969, our brother Wayne Michael “Mike” Wilson, lost his life in Vietnam. At the time of his funeral, our family requested that in lieu of flowers, people donate to a memorial fund to honor Mike. This memorial fund is called Fighting Heart Award. This award and small scholarship is given to the graduating Beaver High School student for his devotion and leadership to his football team.
For 45 years, this award has held strong. We (Mike’s brothers and sisters) were notified this year that there are no longer enough funds to keep the award active. We, of course, will be adding to the fund to try and keep it active. However, we were in hopes that others would want to contribute.
We have been told, by numerous people, that it is a great honor to the Beaver High School football player receiving this award. The young man receives a Fight Heart Plaque along with a small cash scholarship.
If you are interested in donating to the fund, please send your check to Fighting Heart Award, in care of Beaver High School, P.O. Box 790, Beaver, OK 73932.
Thank you in advance for helping us keep the memory of our big brother, Mike, alive.

Skipper Wilson, Larry Wilson, Jana Wilson Atkinson & Julie Wilson
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