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Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Wilson View/Sign Guest Book
Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Wilson

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Age:   45
Hometown: Thomson, GA
Date of Death: 11/23/2003
Incident Location: Mosul, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Command Sgt. Maj.
Unit: 2nd Brigade, 502nd Infantry
Unit's Base: Fort Campbell, KY

Command Sgt. Jerry L. Wilson, one of the highest-ranking enlisted soldiers in the Army, accepted the hazards of his job. "He said to me, 'I fully realize that life is fleeting,'" said retired Lt. Gen. Burton Patrick. "But he also told me, 'I wouldn't have it any other way.'" Wilson, 45, of Thomson, Ga., was killed Nov. 23 when his vehicle was attacked in Mosul, Iraq, and crashed into a wall. He was based at Fort Campbell. "If there's somebody in the military better at being a coach and mentor than Command Sgt. Maj. Wilson, I haven't met him," Sgt. 1st Class Julius Chambers said of his platoon sergeant. The impact Wilson had on soldiers is "beyond comprehension," said Col. Anthony J. Tata. Wilson touched others he worked with. Lai Ling Jew, a producer for NBC News who was embedded in Iraq with Wilson, called him "a great man, someone I see as a consummate gentleman." She said of him, "I will never forget that smile or his selflessness." He is survived by his mother, Daisy Wilson, and two sons.
Source: Associated Press
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