Lavon Stephen Wilson

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
15 March 1944 - 10 February 1965
Roswell, New Mexico
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Lavon Stephen Wilson

30 Jun 2000

I didn't know you but I found your picture in my brother's photo album.

You wrote on the picture that you were Norman's best friend.

I'm so sorry you didn't come home and I grieve for your family.
I know you were married.

You are in God's arms now.

Norman Renfro's little sister,

17 Jan 2003

Lavon was my friend and schoolmate. I was also best friends with Lavon's younger brother, Larry Wilson, also of Roswell, New Mexico.

Lavon's younger brother was also a Vietnam Veteran and was buried in the same cemetery 3 years and 2 months after Lavon's funeral. Lavon's younger brother volunteered to serve his country (US Army) following Lavon's loss in 1965. I was with Larry the day we learned of Lavon's death and we talked a long time together on this day. I had been searching for Lavon's younger brother, my best friend, for many years and finally found that Larry also died young shortly after serving his country. I just accidently found this info while searching the listings of graves in South Park Cemetery at the Roswell Library. We were all best buddies and all of us ended up serving our country during the Viet Nam War.

My friend and comrade, rest in peace. God Bless you and your families. I tossed many newspapers with these 2 brothers during the times we shared in Roswell. Their Grandmother raised these two boys by driving an old, old car while we rode with her throwing the Roswell Daily Record newspapers out the windows. Their grandmother could out race-drive any young teenage drivers in and around the Pecos Valley. I know we had the fastest paper route known in New Mexico.

Larry Staeden
USN 1965-1969

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 10 Feb 1965, Viet Cong sappers blew up the Hotel Viet Cuong, an American enlisted men's billet in Qui Nhon City, killing 23 and wounding 21 U.S. soldiers. The following men died in the explosion:

SP5 James B Alexander SP5 Everett L Anderson PFC Paul E Bays
SP4 Tommy J Belcher PFC Robert J Betz SP5 David N Clayton
SP5 Clarence L Coleman SP4 Horace C Collins PFC Delmer L Ferris
SP5 Glenn H Kelley PFC Dallas Lawson PFC Larry B McClanahan
SP5 Robert S Mosier PFC Walter L Rickard SP5 Harry E Rowley
SP5 Ernest M Schultz SP4 Robert L Simon SP4 Harry L Summers
SSG Francis J Valkos SSG Merle O Van Alstine PVT Melvin L Waters
SP4 Lavon S Wilson PFC Floyd Wynn

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