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Evanston native, WWII vet celebrates 101 years

WWII veteran Carl Wilson, born in Evanston in 1913, recently turned 101 years old:

The Veterans of Foreign T/Sgt. Post 7186 & American Legion Post 42 honored Carl Wilson Life member, WWII veteran on his 101st birthday. He was born in Evanston on June 30, 1913, completed high school.

He was inducted into the US Army at Fort Custer, Michigan June 7,1943 and assigned to the newly formed 575th Engineer Company, an all African-American separate unit, which fought, cleared debris, and built Allied infrastructure from Okinawa to Pusan Korea.

Mr. Wilson was promoted to Sergeant and served in the Pacific Theater of Operations from January 31, 1944 to January 17, 1946, He was then honorably discharged January 26, 1946. for his service in the Army, he was awarded the Good conduct Medal for Fidelity, Efficiency and Honor, The Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 1 Bronze, the World War II Victory Medal, and 4 Overseas Service Bars.

Mr. Wilson worked in a number of auto rebuilding plants and teaching adult education classes at Midway Technical Institute, a private vocational school, it was at this school that he met his future business partners.

He is a co-founder and former Treasurer of Quinco Manufacturing Company, a multimillion-dollar metal fabrication business. This very successful enterprise produced auto parts and other steel stampings for Ford Motor Co., Chevrolet, International Harvester, Allison, Detroit Diesel and IBM.

He is the published author of “Entrepreneurs, Listen!,” the story of five African-American men with a dream of building a successful manufacturing business.

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