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Harry E. Wilson

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1963


United States Military Academy

Harry "Lighthorse" Wilson began his lacrosse career at Penn State, where he was one of the greatest all-time athletes of the institution, earning All-American honors and varsity letters in football and basketball.

Wilson transferred to West Point in 1924, where he earned 12 varsity letters in lacrosse, basketball and football, which stands as a record. He was selected first team All-American in 1926 and earned second team honors in 1925 and 1927. He earned All-American honors in football in 1926 and first team All-American honors in basketball in 1927.

Upon graduation in 1928, he won two sabres: one as captain of the 1927 football team and one as outstanding athlete of the Academy. Wilson became the assistant backfield coach for Army in 1930; he also coached various football, basketball and track teams during his Army career.

Wilson, commanding the 42nd bomber group in the South Pacific, flew 48 combat missions during WWII from March 1943 to December 1944. Among his many WWII decorations, he holds the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters.

Harry Wilson passed away in 1990.