Hometown Hero: Wilbur Bewley

By: Heath Myrick
By: Heath Myrick

It may have nearly 50 years, but Glasgow's Wilbur Bewley receives the decorations he earned during WWII.

Bewley and four others are all that's left of an 87 man contingent from our area. Bewley left for training in January of 1941, the bombing of Pearl Habor later that year signified the beginning of America's involvement in WWII. During his stint, Bewley served in five separate campaigns, but in 1943 his good fortune ran out. A German plane gunned down by anti-aircraft fire landed near his position. The aircraft was carrying a 500 pound bomb which detonated, sending shrapnel hurling towards Bewley.

The wound caused him to loose a significant portion of his hip. Bewley believes his "saving grace" came in the form of a letter composed by his mother. Enclosed was a prayer calling for his safe return, he had read the letter earlier that day before it too was severed.

Anxious to return home to Glasgow, Bewley never thought to seek his honors. However through the years, friends and neighbors have expressed Bewley never got the respect nor medals he so rightly deserved. Nearly 50 years later, Bewley's son David surprised him with six medals, including the Purple Heart.

After months of recovery Bewley was medically discharged.


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