It was a day to remember World War II veteran Wilson E. Lord on Saturday at the Equinunk Historical Society.


It was a day to remember World War II veteran Wilson E. Lord on Saturday at the Equinunk Historical Society.
Community members, family and friends gathered here as part of an event tied to Memorial Day to honor the former Equinunk resident, who passed away in 2007.
Wellington Lester, a local historian, personally knew the man who earned the Purple Heart, after receiving serious injury when his B-25 plane was shot down over Italy.
They grew up together in this small northern Wayne County hamlet.
Lester told the story of the prominent Lord family and also of Wilson E. Lord on the porch of the historical society.
“Wilson do rest in peace,” he said.
Lord enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps in May of 1941.
“The draft was breathing down his neck because he was a little older than I was,” wrote a friend of his, Al Lind, in a short narrative handed out at the event. “He didn't want to get drafted, he wanted to pick his branch of service.”
Lord would go on to become a staff sergeant with the 57th Fighter Group and the 65th Fighter Squadron, where he completed 20 combat missions before being wounded.
He was trained as a gunner on B-25 bomber aircraft, assigned to the European Theatre, among other areas.
After his B-25 was shot down, he spent 11 months at a field hospital in Italy, eventually earning the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.