Wilson, Clarence

Clarence Wilson

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Oral History Session #1
March 21, 2011
Montclair, New Jersey
Alexandra McKinnon
Sandra Stewart Holyoak
Transcript Production Team:
Jesse Bradell
Nicholas Trajano Molnar
Recommended Citation:
Wilson, Clarence Oral History Interview, March 21, 2011, by Alexandra McKinnon and Sandra Stewart Holyoak, Page #, Rutgers Oral History Archives. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).
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Clarence Wilson was born in Virginia and migrated to the North during the Great Depression in the 1930s, initially relocating to Pennsylvania and later to New Jersey.  During the Great Depression, Wilson worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps, serving in a segregated unit.  In the 1942, Wilson was inducted into the military where he served as a truck driver in the segregated 263rd Quartermaster and 3404th Quartermaster Truck Companies and was among the first waves of American soldiers to land in North Africa.  Wilson participated in US military actions across North Africa, Sicily, and Italy until the war ended in 1945.  After his honorable discharge, Wilson raised a family and worked in the chemical industry until his retirement.