Marion A. Wilson

World War II
Service #O-717124
RankSecond Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
Unit741st Bomber Squadron, 455th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered Service From
Date of DeathJuly 22, 1944
Memorialized Tablets of the Missing
Florence American Cemetery
Impruneta, Italy

2nd Lt. Wilson was initially listed as missing in action. Following the war, his remains were recovered. He is buried as part of a group burial in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. His name is permanently inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery.

Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 5 April 1917 have been wounded or killed in action against an enemy of the United States or an opposing armed force, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict, as the result of acts of enemy or hostile opposing forces, as a result of terrorist attacks or attacks on peacekeeping forces since 28 March 1973, or by friendly fire in circumstance as described above.

rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.
Purple Heart