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|56k||LeRay Wilson was born at Cove, Oregon on 4 February 1920, and enlisted in the Navy 8 February 1939. Assigned to USS William B. Preston (AVD 7) on 14 June 1940, Wilson was on the seaplane tender in Malolog Bay in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked American ships there on the morning of 8 December 1941. He remained on her throughout the succeeding months of valiant struggle in which plucky American ships defied overwhelming odds fighting to hold back the enemy advance toward Australia. Japanese bombers finally caught up with William B. Preston at Darwin, Australia, 19 February 1942. Despite the rapidity with which the attack developed and the very obvious danger of being trapped by an explosion, Wilson went immediately below decks and had just completed closing all doors and hatches when a bomb hitting within a few feet of him caused his death. Because of his courage and efficiency, the flooding of the ship was confined to two compartments. Metalsmith 2d Class Wilson was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his bravery.
USS LeRay Wilson (DE 414) (1944-1959) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the USS LeRay Wilson Website.)
|77k||undated wartime image||George J. Chairsson|
|62k||undated wartime image||Dan Culliton RM 44-46|
|67k||in dry dock, undated wartime image|
|65k||undated wartime image|
|72k||10 January 1945: Just prior to being struck by a kamikaze. Aircraft (Japanese Betty) and AA tracer fire are visible.
(Slightly blurred but excellent image, whoever took this image is a very brave man.)
|103k||1951: After recommissioning||Frank D. Heckart GM 2/C
October 1954 - May 1956.
|120k||undated postwar image||David Buell|
|59k||mid-1950's: location unknown - Young ladies aboard a yacht wave as LeRay Wilson steams past.||Tommy Trampp|
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