Willie Wilson Lt. Col. Gail Harvard (Willie) Wilson, II, passed away at age 82 on February 6, 2014, in Tucson, AZ. He had a renowned military career as a fighter pilot, proudly flying the F-100, A-7, O-1, and F-16 in the Air Force and 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson Air National Guard. His service saw him assigned to Europe, the Far East, and stateside. He deployed to Vietnam, serving as a Forward Air Controller. He was a highly decorated veteran, having been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism, the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism, the Air Medal with 6 OLC, Commendation Medal, and numerous other decorations. He is survived by Gay, his wife of 60 years; a son, William and two grandchildren. His Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014 at El Camino Baptist Church, 7777 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ. Willie wished that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project through their website, in his name.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 23, 2014