John L. Wilson

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Wilson, John L.
92, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, at , Phoenix. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 4, 1920, and when a small child, moved with his family to Lacey, Washington. As a young man during the Great Depression, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs), and worked in helpng build park facilities in the State of Washington, fought forest fires, and served his one-year assignment. He joined the U. S. Navy in November, 1941, and was in boot camp in San Diego on December 7, 1941. The Battleship USS Maryland was in Pearl Harbor that day, and although damaged, made it back to Bremerton, Washington, for repairs. Fresh out of boot camp, John was assigned to "The Mary" in February 1942, a ship that fought in many of the invasions and sea battles in the South Pacific, including the "Battle of Leyte Gulf". John was discharged from the Navy in January 1946. On a rare home leave, John was introduced to his wife, Shirley, by her aunt, and after his discharge, they were married on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1946, in Missoula, Montana. They moved to Arizona in 1951, and John was a letter carrier for 30 years. After retirement, he and Shirley enjoyed traveling to the Pacific Northwest, visiting family and friends, for several years. They also attended reunions of the Maryland, in several states. John is survived by his wife, Shirley, of 66 years, daughter Jan Morris (Barry) of Redondo Beach, CA., and sons, Steve ad Brian of Phoenix. Military services will be held on Wednesday, December 5, at 10:00 a.m. at the Veterans' National Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, (Pinnalacle Peak Rd.). In lieu of flowers, please send donations in John's memory to: , 1500 E. Flower, Phoenix, AZ. 85014.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 2, 2012
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