|Lt. Woodrow Wissler died from an accidental firearm discharge in Hawaii.|
Woodrow Wilson Wissler never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on July 3, 1917 in Iowa. His father also born in Iowa while his mom was born in Indiana. His father worked as an attorney. Woodrow had three older brothers, one older sister, and one younger sister. His father died in 1936. By 1940 had moved from home. He attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. He married his wife Virginia Mae at some unknown date.
He enlisted in the army on January 13, 1941 as a private but eventually became a first lieutenant. His interment papers document he was in the Headquarters Company, 19th Armored Regiment, 14th Armored Division. This unit fought in Europe. However, elsewhere there is information that claims Lt. Wissler fought on Saipan and Tinian. I was not able to find other documentation that could resolve this conflicting information.
Lt. Wissler was in Hawaii on October 10, 1944 when he was mortally wounded by an accidental firearm discharge. He died that day in the hospital.
His grave is at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. His widow remarried after his death. She died in 2002.
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