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Metalsmith 2d Class LeRay Wilson of Cove gave his life in World War II during a Japanese bombing attack on the USS Preston. During the bombing, Wilson jettisoned the ship's two 5,000-gallon aviation gas storage tanks and he then went below deck and flooded a bomb magazine. He was awarded the Silver Star posthumously for his actions that were credited with saving the ship and his shipmates. About one year later, a destroyer was named in Wilson's honor – the USS LeRay Wilson. (Photo of LeRay Wilson courtesy of Tim Hagey. More information about LeRay Wilson can be found at Hagey's Web site: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/8932/Page1.html).
Metalsmith 2d Class LeRay Wilson of Cove gave his life in World War II during a Japanese bombing attack on the USS Preston. During the bombing, Wilson jettisoned the ship's two 5,000-gallon aviation gas storage tanks and he then went below deck and flooded a bomb magazine. He was awarded the Silver Star posthumously for his actions that were credited with saving the ship and his shipmates. About one year later, a destroyer was named in Wilson's honor – the USS LeRay Wilson. (Photo of LeRay Wilson courtesy of Tim Hagey. More information about LeRay Wilson can be found at Hagey's Web site: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/8932/Page1.html).

Editor's note: The following poem was written by LeRay Wilson, a Cove man who was one of the first Union County men killed in World War II. Wilson graduated from Cove High School in 1938. He enlisted in the Navy in February 1939 and wrote the poem before departing for the service. He was killed in action on Feb. 19, 1942. His heroic action saved the USS Preston and crew. He was honored posthumously with the Silver Star, and a ship was commissioned the USS LeRay Wilson in his honor.

My Home the Old Grande Ronde

by LeRay Wilson

There lie the fields of growing grain,

beneath the tall and snowy peaks.

Yonder are the trees in bloom again,

Along the lively winding creeks.

High is the sky, so clear and blue.

Up above the green grass, tall,

While there lives the people, free and true,

Who work in peace within it all.

As I stand on my hill top,

and gaze out o'er the scene,

I see this panorama,

Of life that's been supreme.

My heartbeat quickens in me,

A tear comes to my eye,

This I must leave behind me,

To my home I say goodbye.

I am leaving in the winter.

My home will be no more.

The time comes always nearer,

When I'll push off from my shore.

Though I have not been spared of sadness,

And I'll row out on the pond,

Life's memories grant me gladness,

Of my home — the old Grande Ronde.

Here is my home, here lies my bond.

May God bless my old Grande Ronde.

 
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