Richard G. Wilson Elementary School is located on the Ft. Benning Army Installation at Fort Benning, Georgia under the direction of Dr. Renee' Mallory, Principal.
Students who are enrolled at Wilson Elementary School are dependents of military personnel at Fort Benning, and the school is funded by the Department of Defense. Wilson is one of 10 schools in the Georgia/Alabama Department of Defense Domestic Dependents' Elementary and Secondary Schools (DoD DDESS). GA/AL DDESS is under the direction of Dr. Christy Cabezas, Superintendent and follows the directives, curricula, and guidelines from the umbrella organization of DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity). It is one of 7 schools located at Fort Benning and teaches students in Pre-K thru 5th grade.
Wilson Elementary is a neighborhood school and all students walk. Wilson PTO maintains a Facebook page for parents to exchange information however it is not a source of official DoDEA information, please refer to our school website for official information.
Wilson School is named for PFC Richard G. Wilson. PFC Wilson received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic deeds while serving in Company 1, Medical Company, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment, in Opari, Korea.
Pfc. Wilson distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. As medical aid man attached to Company I, he accompanied the unit during a reconnaissance in force through the hilly country near Opari. The main body of the company was passing through a narrow valley flanked on 3 sides by high hills when the enemy laid down a barrage of mortar, automatic-weapons and small-arms fire. The company suffered a large number of casualties from the intense hostile fire while fighting its way out of the ambush. Pfc. Wilson proceeded at once to move among the wounded and administered aid to them oblivious of the danger to himself, constantly exposing himself to hostile fire. The company commander ordered a withdrawal as the enemy threatened to encircle and isolate the company. As his unit withdrew Private Wilson assisted wounded men to safety and assured himself that none were left behind. After the company had pulled back he learned that a comrade previously thought dead had been seen to be moving and attempting to crawl to safety. Despite the protests of his comrades, unarmed and facing a merciless enemy, Pfc. Wilson returned to the dangerous position in search of his comrade. Two days later a patrol found him lying beside the man he returned to aid. He had been shot several times while trying to shield and administer aid to the wounded man. Pfc. Wilson's superb personal bravery, consummate courage and willing self-sacrifice for his comrades reflect untold glory upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the military service.