HOMEWOOD - Retired General Louis H- Wilson, a Medal of Honor winner and former commandant of the Marine Corps, has died. He was 85.
Wilson had battled a degenerative disorder of the nervous system for several years. He died Tuesday at his home in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood.
Wilson was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in the South Pacific during World War II. According to the award citation, he organized night defenses throughout continuous enemy fire.
Although wounded three times, he coordinated hand-to-hand fighting
for ten hours to hold his unit's position. He later became the Marine Corps' 26th commandant, holding the position from 1975 to 1979.
A native of Brandon, Mississippi, Wilson moved to Alabama from California in 2000 to be near his daughter, Janet Taylor, of Vestavia Hills.
Wilson is also survived by his wife, Jane. Taylor says Wilson will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.