Herman L Wilson was born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1915. He joined the Army Air Corps on 18 December 1940. Staff Sergeant Wilson served 36 months in the Fifth Air Force in the Pacific theater during World War II, earning the Bronze Star for heroic actions in combat. Sergeant Wilson died on 23 October 1945 at the Jefferson Davis Hospital in Texas from wounds received during a robbery, days before he was to be discharged from the Army Air Corps. He had plannned to return to Huntsville, Alabama and marry his schooldays sweetheart.