Pearl Harbor survivor J.L. Wilson will speak at the University of Mount Olive at 11 a.m. March 25 in Room 213 of the Henderson building.

Wilson was born in LaGrange. His parents, J.W. and Vinnie Wilson, were founding members of LaGrange First Free Will Baptist Church.

He joined the United States Navy and served from 1938 to 1946. He was 22 years old and aboard the USS Dale stationed at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed Dec. 7, 1941. Now at 99, Wilson is one of the few remaining survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack.

After his time in the Navy, Wilson returned to LaGrange to work with his father. Then he started driving for a local bus company that traveled all over America.

He still lives in LaGrange and was recently featured in the LaGrange parade as one of America’s heroes.

Wilson will turn 100 Sept. 11.

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