The greatest generation, pt. 2.

Each year the Wilson Daily Times publishes an advertising supplement that honors local veterans on Veterans Day. The insert features photographs submitted to the paper by its readership. This post is the second highlighting African-American soldiers and sailors included in the supplement.

  • Lossie Batts, Corp., Army, 1945-46


  • Colonious Junius Best, Army, World War II


  • Roosevelt W. Best, Army, 1941-44


  • Charles W. Christian, Sgt., Navy, 1940-44

Charles Wesley Christian’s wife Ada Odelle Harris Christian (1913-1992) was a Wilson native.


  • Louis Hall Sr., Army Air Corps, 1945-47


  • Joseph Harris, PFC, Army, 1946


  • William H. Harris, FPC, Army, 1943-46


  • Damp Haskins Jr., Army, 1945-47

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 1200 Wainright Street, Coca-Cola plant laborer Damp Haskins, 24; wife Susie B., 21; son Damp Jr., 2, and daughter Hellen, 6 months; mother Hester, 72; brother Joseph, 18; Martha Pitt, 52; and nephew Jim Haskins, 10.

  • Willis Edward Hyman, Navy, World War II


  • Johnnie A. Lucas, T-5, Army, World War II


  • Reuben O’Neal Sr., Steward Mate, Navy, 1944-46


U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, database on-line,


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