He says in July 1966, they were on a mission in the jungle in Vietnam. On the fifth day, Wilson says he was hit in the chest with a bullet. It went through his lung and came out his side causing him to go in and out of consciousness.
Eventually, he found himself awake enough to try and move to safety though he was covered in blood and flies. To protect his wound, that was the size of a tennis ball, he used a pair of socks and a binocular strap.
Wilson says he then started crawling along a nearby streambed, and after what he says felt like hours, made it to a military camp. He was taken to a U.S. Navy Hospital Ship and patched up.
That's where a Marine Corps General awarded him four Purple Hearts.
"The number of Purple Hearts wasn't as important to me as the fact that I was alive and was going to recover and be whole again... live to fight another day," Wilson shared with 14 News.
A clip of Wilson's raw interview with 14 News is available at the top of the story.
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