Wilburn Joseph Graham, 93, of Fort Smith died Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born Sept. 19, 1919, in the Graphic community to Pape and Vernie Bourland Graham. He was a graduate of Alma High School, class of 1938. Following graduation, he went to Houston and was drafted into the Texas National Guard, T-Patch Division. He was one month from release when Pearl Harbor occurred and his unit was then shipped to North Africa and he was in the invasion of Italy on the beaches of Salerno in September 1943. He was wounded on Mount Lungo, Italy, and sent back home. He received the Purple Heart
and Bronze Star
for his actions in Italy. He was an employee of Hughes Tool Co. for 40 years and, upon retirement, moved back to Arkansas with his wife and son, Joe, in 1997.
He is survived by his son, Joe Graham of Fort Smith; and adopted son, Elias Garcia of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; and two brothers, Winford and Bully Graham.
He was a Life Member of the 36th Division Association.
No formal service will be held locally, but burial with honors will be at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Local arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.
Memorials may be made to the Texas Military Forces Historical Foundation for support of the 36th Division Gallery, Texas Military Forces Museum Building. 6, 2200 W. 35th St. Austin, Tx 78703