Born 18 June 1986, Thomas Wilson, who was only 21 years old at the time of his death, grew up in Maurertown
located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He was a typical all-American boy. He loved being outdoors enjoying nature.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and hiking and he possessed a great love of art and photography. He was an active member of
the 4H and local chapter of Future Fanners of America. In high school, Thomas Wilson excelled in the classroom and on the athletics
field. He was a member of the National Honor Society in addition to playing on Central High School's basketball and track teams.
In 2004, he graduated from high school where he is remembered by teachers and friends as a student leader at all times.
After high school, Wilson completed two years at West Virginia University and hoped to return there to complete
his degree in Wildlife and Fishery Management. In the spring of2006, Wilson joined the United States Army. Upon completion of basic
and advanced individual training with Charlie Company I-50th Infantry and Airborne School, PFC Wilson was assigned to 1st Battalion,
503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Vicenza, Italy. He deployed to Afghanistan 9 May 2007.
PFC Wilson died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit during combat operations on 27 August 2007.
For his exceptionally meritorious service as Armorer and gunner during Operation Enduring Freedom, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
In addition to the Bronze Star, his awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and NATO medal.