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Colonel Alexander Wilson, USMC (Ret.), 90, was called home by the Lord on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at his home in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on October 28, 1923 in Los Angeles, California to George and Margaret Nee Baxter Wilson. Alex grew up in Arcadia, California, a suburb of Los Angeles and graduated from John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in June, 1941. After high school he attended college at UCLA in California and was a pledge to Phi Delta Theta until WWII broke out. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and was commissioned a second lieutenant and designated as a naval aviator in December, 1942. He proudly served his country for over 28 years in WWII, Korea and Vietnam; was the recipient of the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with Combat V, Air Medal with seven gold stars, combat Infantryman Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation and various campaign and theater ribbons and medals. He retired in 1970 after achieving the rank of Colonel. He then began a career as a real estate broker and invested in the real estate development in Hawaii for 15 years, and later retired to San Antonio where he enjoyed jogging, golf, tennis and various other sports. He traveled the world and was an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs. Alex was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Sonterra Country Club, the Petroleum Club of San Antonio as well as numerous wartime and civilian charities. He was of the Presbyterian faith. Alex was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruby Helena Braun. He is survived by his niece, Holly B. Tempera; great-nieces, Autumn M. Sammons and Amber N. Cutter; great-great niece, Riley E. Cutter. A celebration of Alex's life will be held at a future date followed by burial, with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, Alex requested memorial donations be made to the Lymphoma Foundation, P.O. Box 286236, New York, NY 10128.
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Published in Express-News on July 6, 2014