Bond County Historical Society Features Local Veteran

The Bond County Historical Society is featuring a local World War II veteran with a special display at the Hoiles Davis Museum this summer. Bob Wilson, a U.S. Army photographer, was selected as this year’s featured veteran. Kevin Kaegy with the historical society told us more about Wilson’s unique experience.

“His experiences in World War II was very unusual because he was actually a photographer attached to some of the Army corps that traveled around to take photographs for the general staff,” Kaegy said. “We’ve got part of his uniform and have that on display. We’ve also got one of his early professional cameras with the lens that rolls out — one of the old-time cameras that he actually ordered right here in town. He ordered it from the old O’Neal Drugstore.

“We have a number of photos of Bob as well as kind of a neat story that he wrote up about his life and experiences during World War II and where he traveled.”

The display will be available for viewing at the Hoiles-Davis Museum, open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon and Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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