Walnut World War II hero honored

Herschell Wilbanks, 90, of Walnut, will be formally presented with a Senate Resolution honoring his World War II service at Monday's Alcorn County Board of Supervisors meeting. (Courtesy photo)

Herschell Wilbanks, 90, of Walnut, will be formally presented with a Senate Resolution honoring his World War II service at Monday’s Alcorn County Board of Supervisors meeting. (Courtesy photo)

By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The acts of heroism that made Herschell Wilbanks of Walnut this month’s Hometown Hero for Modern Woodmen in Corinth, also brought recognition from the Mississippi Legislature last week.

Modern Woodmen representative Steven Eaton honored Wilbanks, 90, as a Hometown Hero during a program Thursday evening, joined by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 813.

Wilbanks will be formally presented with the Senate resolution honoring him during Monday’s regular 9 a.m. Alcorn County Board of Supervisors meeting.

State Sen. Rita Parks sponsored the senate resolution to honor Wilbanks, who lost his hearing fighting during World War II at Jolly Court, France, from a gunshot wound in his left cheek.

Wilbanks was a rifleman and foot soldier who landed at Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion, fought going into France, Germany, Belgium and Holland, and through the Battle of the Bulge and Bastogne.

Among the many awards he received were the E.A.M.E. (European, African, Middle Eastern) Theater Ribbon with Four Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, the American Theater Ribbon, the French Legion of Honor and more.

After the war he worked as a USDA field inspector and for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service for more than 20 years, served on the Alcorn County School Board for 12 years, and farmed and raised cattle.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com