December 6, 1923 (Norwalk, CT) – June 6, 1944; 20 years old
Last local address: 2 Wilbur Street, South Norwalk
Enlisted October 20, 1942
Service number: 11100763
82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION, 508TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 1ST BATTALION
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal
Killed in Action on D-Day, Normandy, France.
From The Norwalk Hour April 20, 1948
A military funeral will be accorded Private First Class Earl T. Wilson, who was killed in action on June 6, 1944. Private Wilson enlisted in Stamford on October 22, 1942, and became a member of the Paratroopers, 505th Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He trained at Camp Blanding, Florida, and Camp Mackall, Georgia. He was transferred overseas where he was stationed for a short time in Northern Ireland. From there , he went to England where his company was stationed and on June 6, 1944, he took part in the invasion of Normandy and was killed that afternoon at 4 o’clock. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 8:30 from the Collins Funeral Home, 22 Flax Hill Road, and at 9 o’clock in St. Ladislaus Church where a solemn requiem mass will be sung. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery. The funeral home will be open Wednesday afternoon and evening from 2 to 10. Representatives of the White Fleet Memorial Committee met the body when it arrived at the railroad station this afternoon on the 12:28 train. The committee will attend the funeral. The Gold Star Mothers have also arranged to pay its respects.
Remains returned and buried at St. John’s Cemetery, Norwalk; Section A1, Grave 737. Photo by webmaster.