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Acadiana’s Oldest Living World War II veteran dies

Posted: 2:34 PM, Sep 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-18 12:11:05-04

The St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial announced today that Wilson Robertson, who was named “Louisiana’s Oldest World War II Veteran” in March of this year, has died.

Robertson passed away on Wednesday, September 12 at his home in Melville. He was 102.

Wilson Robertson
Wilson Robertson courtesy St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial

Robertson enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 25, 1941, serving until March 1945. For his service to the country, Robertson received the Bronze Star Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, 1st Award, WW II Honorable Service Lapel Button and the Louisiana Medal of Honor.

In May, Robertson was one of several Veterans from the Acadiana area to attend the Hero’s Flight to Washington D.C.

Robertson was said to enjoy country life at his home in Melville and often took trips in his truck to Alexandria and Baton Rouge. In his spare time, Robertson cooked and picked pecans on his property.

Born December 23, 1915 to Carey and Hattie Robertson, Mr. Robertson was married to the late Beatrice Westley Robertson. The couple has three sons and five daughters.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 22 at Emma Zion Baptist Church in Melville.