64TH TC SILVER STAR
4 Oct 03, in Orlando Fl, there was a dedication ceremony for the lLT David R.
Wilson Armed Forces Reserve Center. Dale
Sindt, now a Colonel in the U. S. Army Reserve, who was a platoon leader with
David Wilson, took action to so name this Center.
The Center covers 120,00 square feet and is a beautiful16 million dollar
assembly hall and auditorium and training facility.
Silver Star citation for 1LT Wilson is as follows:
gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed
hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, 1LT Wilson, Transportation Corps, U.S.
Army, distinguished himself on 31 January 1968 while serving Commander of a
supply convoy in the Republic of Vietnam. Wilsonís
convoy was subjected to fire by an enemy force.
Although he was safely out of the danger zone, he unhesitatingly returned
to the scene of the action to lead his men to safety.
Many of the vehicles had halted in the kill zone and were subject to an
intense enemy mortar and small arms fire. Passing
through the ambush zone, 1LT Wilson, with complete disregard for his own safety,
turned around and reentered the kill zone to insure the safe passage of the rear
element of the convoy. While making
this final courageous effort to insure the survival of these personnel, he was
mortally wounded by an enemy mortar round falling on his vehicle.
Through his extraordinary heroism and outstanding leadership ability, 1LT
Wilson was able to save the lives of many of his personnel who otherwise would
have been halted in the kill zone subject to the most intense enemy fire.
1Lt Wilsonís personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with
the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great
credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.