CORPORAL WILMER WOOD was born in New Jersey on January 28, 1919. He was the oldest son of Isaac L. and Anna Wood. In 1930 Isaac Wood was working as a machinists in a locomotive manufacturing plant, and the family was renting a home at 1812 Woodlynne Avenue in Woodlynne NJ. He also had ties to Marlton Pike in Delaware Township. Wilmer Wood had a grammar school education and was single when he went into the service.
Wilbur Wood was inducted into the United States Army at Fort Dix NJ on January 27, 1942. He was killed in action in southern France on December 19, 1944. He was survived by his parents, sisters Laura, Mildred, Dorothy, Edith, and Verna; brother Isaac L. Jr., a niece and a nephew.
Inducted into federal service as 45th Division at Oklahoma City, OK on 16Feb40 and moved to Fort Sill, OK 23Sep40; arrived at Camp Barkeley, TX 28Feb41 and went to Brownwood, TX 1Jun41 to participate in the VIII Corps Texas Maneuvers there; returned to Camp Barkeley, TX 13Jun41 and moved to Mansfield, LA 4Aug41 where participated in both Aug and Sep41 Louisiana Maneuvers; returned to Camp Barkeley, TX 4Oct41 where redesignated the 45th Infantry Division 23Feb42; arrived at Fort Devens, MA 22Apr42 and Pine Camp, NY 8Nov42; transferred to Camp Pickett, VA 27Jan43 and staged at Camp Patrick Henry, VA 26May43 until departed Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation 3Jun43; arrived in North Africa 22Jun43 and assaulted Scoglitti, Sicily 10Jul 43 and Salerno, Italy 10Sep43; assaulted Anzio 22Jan44 and southern France 15Aug44; entered Germany 17Mar45 and arrived at Boston Port of Embarkation 10Sep45 and moved to Camp Bowie, TX 17Sep45 where inactivated 7 Dec45.
Campaigns: Sicily, Naples-Foggio, Anzio, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe
Killed in Action: 3,547 Wounded in Action: 14,441 Died of Wounds: 533
The division landed in North Africa on 22Jun43 and trained at Arzew. It assaulted Scoglitti, Sicily on 10Jul43, taking Comiso and Ragusa Airport and repulsing several German counterattacks to contact the Canadian 1st Division 12Jul43. It moved forward through Licodia and Monterosso the next day, crossed the Salso River at Caltanisetta 18Jul43 and clashed with Italian delaying forces in the Vallelunga area 20Jul43. The 157th Infantry cut the north coastal Highway 113 on 22Jul43 and the division fought the Battle of Motta Hill 26-30Jul43, allowing the 179th Infantry to reach S. Mauro. The 180th Infantry, reached Tusa 27Jul43 but failed in its first attempt to force the river. The division was engaged in combat approaching San Stefano by 29Jul43, and was relieved 1Aug43. It then moved to guard western Sicily, detaching the 157th Infantry to make a landing near Barcellona in an attempt to block German-Italian withdrawals.
assaulted Salerno, Italy 10Sep43 and the 179th Infantry and 157th
Infantry engaged in heavy fighting at Ponte Sele and the Tobacco
Factory. The 180th Infantry was landed on 14Sep43 and held in reserve.
The division seized the heights overlooking Eboli on 19Sep43 and pushed
along Highway 91 into the mountains, taking Oliveto 22Sep43, and pushed
to the Calore River 27Sep43 despite rains and German demolitions. It
took over the 34th Infantry Division's Calore River Bridgehead 3Oct43
and mopped up Titerno Creek, contacting the 34th Infantry Division
across the Volturno River 15Oct43. After Piedmonte d'Alife fell 20Oct43,
the division was withdrawn to reserve. On 3Nov43 it resumed the
offensive by crossing the Volturno below Sesto Campano and battled
through the Hitler Line in a ten-day engagement, and next wrested key
mountain heights from German defenders beginning 29Nov43. Hill 769 fell
to the 179th Infantry 6Dec43 and Mt la Posta to the 180th Infantry
17Dec43. The 180th Infantry attempted to clear the hills north of Casino
astride the S. Elia road, but on 9Jan44 the division was withdrawn.
The division battled in the Bitchie Pocket and captured
Wingen 7Jan45, but was forced out of Althorn by counterattacks 11Jan45,
and a battalion of the 157th Infantry was decimated northeast of
Reipertsweiler 18Jan45. The division was forced back to defensive
positions along the Rothbach Rau-Moder River line 29Jan45 and lost
Saegmuhl 24Jan45. On 17Feb45 it was relieved in line and withdrawn for
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