Memorial Corner
O'Fallon, Illinois
March 2006
2nd Lt
John Nelson Wilt
United States Marine
John Nelson Wilt was born August 26, 1978 in Longview, Texas, the son
of Nelson and Ann (Pusack) Wilt.  His father was a C-130 pilot in the U.S.
Air Force.  John graduated from O’Fallon Township High School in 1996.  
He played the tuba in the Marching and Concert bands, participated in
the Model United Nations, was a class officer and a member of the
football, track and speech teams.  He loved reading and also loved
running, competing in two marathons.  He was an active member of St.
Michael’s Episcopal Church in O’Fallon.  In May 2000, he graduated from
the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and was commissioned into
the Marine Corps.  He was a student Naval Flight Officer and had been
chosen for flight training in the F-18 Hornet.  On May 8, 2002, however,
during a training flight over the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, his
T-39 Sabreliner was involved in a crash with another T-39.  All seven
people aboard the two planes were lost.  John was survived by his
parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  
He gave his life that we might live free!

Memorial Corner Flag Raising, March 4, 2006
Sponsored by the O’Fallon Woman’s Club

Biography and Photo Provided by O’Fallon Historical Society
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