CPL Paul Irwin Wishart

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CPL Paul Irwin Wishart

Sharpsville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 4 Aug 1943 (aged 20)
Western, Solomon Islands
Burial Lordstown, Trumbull County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 124540793 · View Source
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Cpl. Paul I. Wishart, 21, previously reported seriously wounded in action has now been reported killed, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wishart, Eighth SW, learned Tuesday in a letter from his twin brother, Cpl. Charles, and a letter from the War Department.

The Corporal and his brother, Charles, were serving side by side with the 37th in the Southwest Pacific area, when the former was killed.

According to the letter what happened:

"We had landed and our unit had started to the front, There was a little confusion on the beach so Paul decided that he would not stay with the kitchen".

Went With Brother

"He said we laughed together all the way up until we got there that evening. We always dug our fox hole together with two other fellows".

"So that was our agreement".

"He sure was a brave fighter, knew his onions too." He gained his fame when we led two attacks during the 17 day battle. On Aug. 4, 1943, we made our last attack, hoping to reach our objective that night..But we failed.

So orders had come up that resistance was too great and that we were to withdraw that night to our original position and advance the next morning following a barrage.

Enemy Heard Orders

In the meantime our order for withdrawal had to be given orally so that it could be heard by every man. Well, then the enemy heard our command and they began to fire.

Paul was in a hole about 15 feet to my left, the closest to the enemy position. Our unit was told to hold fast and cover the withdrawal of another unit, so we did.

In the meantime Paul was firing his rifle and throwing grenades when a mortar shell hit on the left side of his hole, killing him instantly.

His last word were, "Don't withdrawal, you guys," calling to some of our boys who were running back. I sure did take it hard.

Buried on Island

"He was buried the following day at Island Cemetery. I made a swell grave marker for him, which I engraved out of a mess kit lid."

A short time after this letter was received at Wishart home the telegram from the War Department arrived stating that the corrected report lists Paul Wishart as killed in action on Aug. 4, 1943.

The twins enlisted in the army in January of 1941 and asked that they be sent with Co. F of the National Guards, at that time training at Camp Shelby, Miss., of which their brother, Pvt. James Edward was a member.

They left the county with the 37th Division. the James Edward didn't go. They had been together every minute.

Attended Harding High

Paul Wishart was born Aug. 26, 1922. in Sharpsville, Pa., and came to Warren with his family in 1930 from Detroit, Mich. He attended Harding High School.

Last January has engagement to Miss Viola Wildermuth of Pottsville, Pa. was announced in the Tribune.

Surviving are his parents; twin brother, Cpl. Charles, still in the Southwest Pacific; two other brothers, Pvt. James Edward in the South Pacific and Fireman Second Class Robert, with the Navy at Norfolk, Va..

*Eight more Trumbull County World War II veterans who lost their lives in the Pacific War Theater are arriving aboard the USS Army transport Lt. George W. G. Boyce in the near future at San Francisco, the U.S. Army Department announced today (05/29/1948). The vessel sailed from Manila. A total of 4,459 bodies are a aboard and 274 are from Ohio.

Cpl. Paul I. Wishart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wishart, MC 40, Warren, was killed Aug. 4, 1943 while serving in the southwest Pacific area.

Paul enlisted with his twin brother Charles, a Tribune Circulation Department employee, in Jan 1941, and the twins served side by side until Paul's death.

Surviving are his parents; twin brother, Cpl. Charles, still is in the Southwest Pacific; two other brothers, Pvt, James Edward in the South Pacific and Fireman Second Class Robert, with the Navy at Norfolk, Va.

Funeral services for Tech. Fifth Grade Paul I. Wishart were at the Gillen Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Saturday in charge of Dr. A. W. Wishart on July 06, 1948. Interment was in Pine Knoll Cemetery.

Military honors were accorded the deceased by Clarence Hyde American Legion Post 278.

Body was brought back to the USA in 1948 and buried in Pine Knoll Cemetery.

**The Army paid tribute to one of its fallen heroes Monday night at the American Legion Hall where Maj. Thomas V Keib presented the Silver Star award for gallantry to Mrs. Florence Wishart, mother of Cpl. Paul I. Wishart, who was killed in a Southwest Pacific fox hole August 4, 1943.

While Legionnaires stood solemnly at attention, the Crile Hospital officer read the order of the gallentant general, awarding Cpl. Wishart the Silver Star for gallantry under enemy fire. Then Maj. Kelb ascended the platform to where the deceased soldier's mother was sitting and presented the posthumous award to her.

Joined Army together

Eleven months before Pearl Harbor, Paul Wishart and his twin brother, Charles, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wishart, Eighth SW, joined the army and left for Camp Shelby, Miss., to train with the now famous Ohio 37th Division.
Their brother, James, had been sent to the camp with the local national guard unit and the boys asked that they might join him. The twins trained side by side dug their Southwest Pacific foxholes together, and Charles was at the side of his brother when a Jap mortar found its mark and fatally wounded him. Now discharged from service, Charles was likewise at the side of his mother Monday night when his brother's medal was given to her.

There are still two Wisharts in service. James, recently wounded while a member of the 32nd Division, and Robert with the Navy.

Source: Warren Tribune April 19, 1945


The body of Tech Fifth Grade Paul Wishart, 21, World War II hero and son of James and Florence Hogue Wishart Sr., MC 40, who was killed in action Aug. 4, 1943 in New Georgia, Solomon Islands, South Pacific while serving with the 145th Infantry Regiment of the 37th Division, arrived in Warren this morning.

Paul and his twin-brother, Charles, a Tribune Circulation Department employe, enlisted in the Army together on Jan. 29, 1941 and were both sent to Camp Shelby, Miss. as members of Company F. They were not separated until a Jap mortar shell hit Paul in his fox hole as his twin watched some 15 feet away, killing him instantly.

He was born in Sharpsville, Pa., Aug. 26, 1922, and came to Warren with his family in 1929 from Detroit, Mich. He attended Harding High School.

Besides his parents, and his twin-brother, Charles, he leaves two other brothers, James E. Jr., Niles and Robert, of Warren; and two nephews, his namesake, Paul Irwin Wishart, and James Edward Wishart III.

The body is at the Gillen Funeral Home where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in charge of Dr. A. W. Wishart. The Clarence Hyde American Legion Post will conduct military services. Interment will be in Pine Knoll Cemetery.

The family will meet friends at the funeral home 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Source: 7-01-1948

Battle at Bougainville



The cemetery that Paul was originally buried at, and is shown in your pictures, was at Munda on New Georgia. At some point, he was probably reinterred to Guadalcanal, then Manila before your family opted to have his remains brought back home. A lot of times those veterans were buried at temporary island cemeteries where they were killed until they could be moved back to a larger island hub with a more centralized cemetery, such as Guadalcanal. Once Manila was taken, he would have been temporarily interred there as that's the largest overseas cemetery next to the Punchbowl in Hawaii.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Paul Irwin Wishart (26 Aug 1922–4 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 124540793, citing Pine Knoll Cemetery, Lordstown, Trumbull County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Linda Bunch (contributor 47426828) .