CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A decorated veteran is laid to the rest in our area, and his family wanted to make sure he was honored in a way deserving of the hero he was.
“This was an album that he acquired,” Tonya Smith said of her dad, Lloyd Wilson.
The album itself, like the pictures inside, a little weathered, a little war torn like the man in the old black and whites.
“It looks like a younger version of him; he aged very well,” she said.
Wilson was a soldier in Korea and Vietnam.
“It fills me with pride; he’d been through so much and didn’t ever speak of it,” she added.
A Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, his family says the 82-year-old was on some of the fiercest battlefields of all time.
Son-in-law Charlie Smith, himself retired military, said, “There haven’t been very many soldiers in this century that went through what those guys went through.”
But few people ever knew.
“He didn’t consider it a big deal-- all of his service. When you would talk to him about it he would tell you that he did his duty,” Smith said.
“People do not realize what soldiers go through and to have someone come home and be home as long as he was and didn’t boast or brag about the medals, accomplishments and the accolades he received, is just incredible,” his daughter said.
Wilson died this week of natural causes and his family wanted to make sure he was honored for his service. He was buried with full military honors.