Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1939 RJC

Merrill Wilson MERRILL BUFORD "MURLE" WILSON was graduated from Ranger High School in the Class of 1939 at Ranger, TX & attended Ranger Jr. College. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and earned his commission and pilots wings in April of 1943. He was stationed in England for 14 months and flew 66 missions over Germany as the pilot of a B-26 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was in the air over Normandy on D-Day. Upon his discharge from the military, he attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering. He married Jean Elaine Hogan and they lived in Austin where their only child, a daughter named Merrillie was born. They were divorced & Merrill later married Nora Elizabeth "Betty" George and they had a son named Geoffrey Wilson who became an engineer also. Merrill suffered a massive heart attack & died on March 6, 1978 in Oklahoma. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. E.M. "Marvin" and Lilly Mae Young Wilson of Ranger. He had two brothers, Harry L. Wilson (RHS-1947) & Marvin Dwain Wilson (RHS-1949), both now deceased & one sister, Irene Wilson Meredith (RHS-1942) of Duluth, GA.