David Edgar Wright, Sr.
US Army, WWII -- Philippine campaigns. My husband said he was with General MacArthur's honor guards in Japan. Major Wright stayed in prime physical condition prior to cancer diagnosis in 1970.
Enlisted around 1938 at Texarkansas, TX, retired as an Army major. He was awarded 1 Silver Star, 4 Bronze Stars, 1 Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation Medal.
"SILVER STAR AWARDED TO DAVID WRIGHT
Wins Decoration for Gallantry in Action near Antipolo, Luzon
First Sergeant David E. Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar F. [Floyd & Annie] Wright, Old Redwater Rd, Texarkansas, TX, and husband of Mrs. Marguerite E. Wright, of Bryan, TX, has been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action near Antipolo, Luzon [Philippines].
The citation set forth that "during an advance into enemy territory Sergeant Wright's platoon became engaged in a heated fight with Japanese using mortars, machine guns and rifles. A radio operator was left lying seriously wounded in an exposed position and although four determined attempts to rescue him were made, each attempt was broken by the heavy screen of fire. Sgt. Wright, realizing the fate of the wounded man, if he were not removed immediately, voluntarily led a small group of men near where the operator lay. Then without regard for his own safety he personally crawled forward through the intense fire and pulled the wounded man to a protected area where he administered critically needed first aid. By his skill and daring in maneuvering his men and himself through withering mortar, machine gun, and small arms fire, Sgt. Wright was not only successful in saving a trained radio operator, but also succeded in recovering the valuable radio set, which might have fallen into the hands of the enemy."
The citation was signed by Brigadier General High Hoffman.
Sgt. Wright has been in the Army eight years and has been overseas six months. He has two brothers in the service - Seaman First Class James C. Wright in the South Pacific, and Private Elbert L. Wright, a patient in a hospital, Camp Lockett, CA."