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Memorial to honor William Wilson

May 12, 1999

To honor the late William O. Wilson, a Hagerstown native, Buffalo Soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor, two private groups will oversee improvements to a grassy triangle at the intersection of Jonathan Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Charles Street and Forest Drive in Hagerstown.

Brothers United Who Dare To Care Inc., a Hagerstown community group, and the William Othello Wilson Commemorative Committee plan to install three signs with the words "Medal of Honor Triangle" around the site.

The groups also plan to erect an interpretive sign that will provide information about Wilson and to construct a ramp to make the triangle accessible to the handicapped.

Hagerstown City Council members unanimously supported the plan on Tuesday.

Wilson, who lived at 108 W. North Ave., was a Buffalo Soldier in the U.S. Army, 9th Calvary, during the Indian Wars of the late 1800s.

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Wilson was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1891 for an act of bravery during the Pine Ridge Campaign in South Dakota.

- Dan Kulin

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