Jake William Lindsey, Sr. was born on May 1, 1921 in Isney, Alabama. He voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army on February 6, 1940. Lindsey’s wartime service was in the 1st Infantry Division and the European Theater of Operations.
Louis Hugh Wilson, Jr. was born in Brandon, Mississippi on February 11, 1920. He graduated from Millsaps College (Jackson, MS) with the class of 1941 and immediately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Wilson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in November of 1941, and at some point in his early service his commission became with the regular Marine Corps. After his initial officer training, he was assigned to the 9th Marine Regiment at San Diego which was being formed between 1942 and 1943 for combat in the Pacific as part of the 3rd Marine Division.
It’s rare, but there are some Medal of Honor recipients who, incredibly, lack a back story. Knowledge of their lives before their service to the United States of America has been lost. Today’s honoree from 1944 is one of those men.