Walter King Wilson
Major General, United States Army
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Major General Walter King Wilson, U.S. Army
Served with 8th Battery, Field Artillery 1902-05
In Charge of Statistics Branch, Army General
Staff 1920-21 Student, Army War College 1921-22 Commander, Coast Defense
of San Diego 1922 Commander, Fort Ruger, Hawaii 1922-25 In Charge of War
Plans, Military Intelligence Division, Army General Staff 1925-29 Executive
Officer and Commander, Provisional Battalion, US. Military Academy 1929-35
Chief of Staff, VII Corps Area 1935-37 Commanding General, 2d Coast Artillery
District 1937-38 Commander, Harbor Defenses of Manila 1938-40 Commanding
General, III Corps Area 1940-41 Commanding General, 9th Coast Artillery
District 1941-42 Commanding General, Northern California Sector, Western
Defense Command 1942-44 Retired 1944
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1902 and advanced through the grades to Major General in 1940.
General Wilson commanded the III Army Corps, Monterey, California, 1940-41; assigned to command of the 9th Coast Artillery District, San Francisco, 1941; XXI Army Corps, 1941-42; Northern California Sector under the Western Defense Command, 1942-44; Executive Director, Army Emergency Relief, Washington, 1944-46.
General Wilson retired from active duty in 1944, and was recalled to active duty on November 30, 1946 an then continued as Civilian Director of Army Emergency Relief.
His medals included the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster and the Legion of Merit.
He made his home in Washington, D.C. and died there on January 20, 1954.
He is buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Evangline Taylor Wilson (1886 - 1967), is buried with him.
Also buried in his site is his son, Walter King Wilson, Jr. (Lieutenant General, United States Army), 1903-1985, who graduated from West Point in 1929 and who served in World War II. The son's wife, Jeanne Herman Wilson (1903-1989), is also buried in this site.
Wilsonís other son, John Newton Wilson (Lieutennant Colonel, United States Army), who graduated from West Point in 1935 is buried in the American Cemetary in Normandy France. He died during the battle of Saint Lo in July 1944. The General's grandson, Walter King Wilson III, Colonel, United States Army, died in April 2008, and is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Walter King Wilson of Tennessee
Appointed from Tennessee, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 20 June 1898 (27); Second Lieutenant, Artillery Corps, 12 June 1902
Photo Courtesy of W. K. Wilson III, January 2002