Sunday, August 7, 2016

PFC Wheeler Luther Light

PFC Wheeler Luther Light was born 10 Aug 1910 in Poages Mill, Virginia the sixth of eleven children of Samuel Milton and Minnie Gale (Shaver) Light.  His father was a carpenter.  In 1930, Wheeler was living with his brother, Armor and working as farm labor. He was still working as farm labor in 1940. 

Wheeler was drafted in May 1941.  He was likely assigned to C Company 116th Infantry soon after and attended training with the unit at Fort Meade, Maryland and Camp Blanding, Florida shipping out with the unit for England in September 1942.  In England he would have trained with the unit for the amphibious assault that would take place on Omaha beach and did so on 6 Jun 1944.  He continued to fight with the unit until killed in action on 7 Aug 1944.

PFC Light was repatriated and buried in the Shaver-Light Cemetery in Blue Ridge Heights, Virginia.

We know that 3 of Wheeler's brothers also served during the war. Ralph Vale Light served in the Army from 1945 to 1946. Herman Clinton Light served in the Army from 1943 to 1945. Warren Grover Light served from 1944 to 1946.

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