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World War II veteran in Sacramento area believes friend died in Pearl Harbor

A 94-year-old World War II veteran has returned to the Sacramento area after he traveled to Oahu to pay his respects to his fallen comrade, whom he is said to have died in the Pearl attack Pearl Harbor. In an interview with KCRA 3 in early December, James Golding said in an interview with KCRA 3 in early December it was difficult to find the final resting place of his childhood neighbor, Roland “Rolly” “Wilson. On the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Golding searches for Wilson’s grave. In response, we helped sift through these tips and spent weeks working with officials and researchers to narrow down the options. One such result led us to discover a man named Rowland Wilson, spelled slightly differently from Roland. According to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, only one man has been recorded dead named Rowland. The organization said Rowland was with the United States Army Air Forces, his unit with the 457th bomber squadron, the 33rd bomber group. near the Punchbowl crater in Honolulu, officials from the group said. cemetery said. No other man named Roland or Rowland Wilson had died around the time Pearl Harbor was attacked. The United States Combat Monuments Commission has records on Rowland Wilson of the 457th bomber squadron, the 33rd bomber group – the same team and group as Rowland for which the national cemetery has records – who was died on May 24, 1945. KCRA 3 later found a man named Clyde R. Wilson who had died in the attack on Pearl Harbor from the USS West Virginia BB-48. After contacting the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, they said there was no information in the records confirming the initials in the middle stood for “Clyde R. Wilson”. According to the family, Golding still believes his friend died on Arizona, so in fact he threw a lei at Pearl Harbor in honor of his childhood friend, whose grave’s location His is still a mystery.

A 94-year-old World War II veteran has returned to the Sacramento area after he traveled to Oahu to pay his respects to his lost comrade, whom he is said to have died in the Pearl attack Port.

Official records of his date of death and name, unfortunately, make finding his grave difficult.

James Golding said in an interview with KCRA 3 in early December that he could never get to the final resting place of his childhood neighbor, Roland “Rolly” Wilson. On the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Golding searches for Wilson’s grave.

Since that interview, thousands of tips on where to bury his friend’s grave have come from all over the United States. In response, we helped sift through these tips and spent weeks working with officials and researchers to narrow down the options.

One such result led us to discover a man named Rowland Wilson, spelled slightly differently from Roland. According to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, only one man has been recorded dead named Rowland. The organization said Rowland is with the United States Army Air Forces, whose unit has the 457th bomber squadron, the 33rd bomber squadron.

Because Rowland’s body was never found, his name was memorialized in the Court of the Missing Persons, which is the centerpiece of the cemetery located near Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, cemetery officials said. know. No other man named Roland or Rowland Wilson had died around the time Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Furthermore, Hawaiian historians specializing in military conflicts believe that is not the case. The United States Combat Monuments Commission has records on Rowland Wilson of the 457th bomber squadron, the 33rd bomber squadron – the same team and group as Rowland for which the national cemetery has records – who died on May 24, 1945.

Golding and his family said Roland may have been Wilson’s middle name, as many men at the time used their middle names.

KCRA 3 later found a man named Clyde R. Wilson dead in the attack on Pearl Harbor from the USS West Virginia BB-48. After contacting the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, they said there was no information in the records confirming the initials in the middle stood for “Clyde R. Wilson”.

According to his family, Golding still believes his friend died on Arizona, in fact he threw a lei at Pearl Harbor in memory of his childhood friend, whose grave’s location His is still a mystery.

https://www.kcra.com/article/sacramento-area-wwii-veteran-friends-grave-pearl-harbor/38507830 World War II veteran in Sacramento area believes friend died in Pearl Harbor

JOE HERNANDEZ

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