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Wilson, Rex S.

Rex Steven Wilson was born in Davenport, Iowa and was commissioned in the United States Army in June, 1965, through ROTC. In 1967, First Lieutenant Wilson was stationed in Cu Chi, Vietnam where he commanded the 44th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Detachment in support of the 25th Infantry Division. Lt Wilson was decorated for heroism on December 27, 1967. That night, the 25th Division’s forward headquarters at Dau Tieng was hit with a Viet Cong mortar attack. Some 200, 82mm mortar rounds had fallen in the base camp and many had not exploded on impact. Lt Wilson and two others from his detachment deployed by helicopter to the scene to learn the perplexing news that rounds were continuing to explode long after the initial attack. Lt Wilson and his men determined that many of the unexploded mortar rounds were fused with ChiCom Chemical Long-Delay fuses which could explode minutes or even hours after impact. Working throughout the night and into the morning of December 28, with rounds detonating intermittently around them, and using only bayonets and their bare hands, Lt Wilson and his men dug out the unexploded ordnance from sensitive areas of the camp. They gingerly transported the rounds by hand to a disposal area where they were safely destroyed. For his exemplary courage under extremely hazardous conditions, Lt Wilson was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. Wilson left Active Duty in 1968, as a Captain and joined the CIA’s Clandestine Service, where he worked for nearly 10 years. He remained in the United States Army Reserves and National Guard as a Special Forces Officer for an additional 20 years, serving during both Desert Storm and Bosnia. Rex has an older brother, Jim, who served with the US Navy, and younger sisters Lisa and Michelle. Nephew Joshua, is continuing the family’s military tradition serving in the California National Guard. Since 1993, Rex has lived in the Huntsville area with his wife, Alicia and adult children Rodolfo, Shanida, Jahani, and Tony. They have seven Grand Children and one Great Grand Child. Rex currently focuses on his family, mission work, water color painting and producing custom furniture.