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WILDS, Gerald "Jerry" 90, of Dayton, OH passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Dayton, OH. The Ironton, OH native was born October 17, 1923 a son to the late John and Pearl Hall Wilds. Jerry was a graduate of Pedro High School in Pedro, OH. He was a retired Quality Control Specialist for the US Department of Defense in Dayton, OH. Jerry served as a former U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran during World War II in the following divisions: 10th Air Force, 1337th Air Transport Command and the 308th Bomb Squadron serving in the China, Burma and India campaign. During WWII he was based out of the Hsinghing/Karachi American Air Bases, India. He flew in B-17's, B-24 Liberators, and B-25's during this time. Their assignments were to fly supplies from the Assam Valley over the "Hump" to Southeastern China. During their last flight their B-24 Liberator crashed where he and the other remaining survivors were helped and protected by the Chinese villagers until they could be later rescued by US forces. He was then transferred to a Maryland Hospital and finally transported to Camp Atterbury Hospital, Indiana where later he was discharged from service. Jerry was awarded several decorations and citations for his services including: The Presidential Unit Citation, World War II Victory Ribbon, Asiatic Theater Ribbon and two Bronze Stars with Oak Leaf Clusters. Jerry was also a lifelong member of the following chapters: DAV Chapter 9, American Legion Post 431and Am-Vets Post 24. He was also a member of The Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent 12, Wright Pat Quarter Century Club, Hump Pilots Assoc., and B-24 Liberator Club all in Dayton, OH. As well, Jerry belonged to the Eagles FOE 895 and VFW 8850 of Ironton, OH. Jerry was a devoted fan of baseball in which he coached and umpired for many years in the West Carrollton Little League Baseball Assoc. Even with his many outside activities he always loved and found time for his family, especially his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren! In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: Sisters: Ida Moore, Dorothy Wilds, Betty Kiser, Freda Wilds and Hazel Wilds, Brothers: Walter, John, Joseph, Arthur and Pearl June Wilds First wife: Norma Jean Granato. He is survived by: Brother: Jarvis "Micky" Wilds of Ironton, OH, Son: Mike (Sabrina) Wilds of Miamisburg, OH, Grandsons: Joshua (Nikki) Wilds of Harrison, OH, Isaiah Wilds of Cincinnati, OH, Son: Terry (Sandy) Wilds of Westfield, IN, Grandchildren: Christopher Wilds of Westfield, IN, Robyn (Dean) Wirkerman of Manhatten, NY, Lori (Mark) Churchill of Milan, IL Great Grandchildren: Ben, Beth, Anna, and John Churchill, Along with many other nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Tracy Brammer-Monroe Funeral Home located at 518 South 6th Street, Ironton, OH, with Rev. Bruce Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday 12:00 PM until time of the service at the funeral home. To offer the family condolences, please visit www.tracybrammerfh.com

Published in Dayton Daily News on Aug. 21, 2014
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