Mixsonian Wilbur

Wilbur in The War

Wilbur Mixson off to Army Camp
The Ocala Evening Star April 27, 1918


J.D. Mixson was both proud and worried when three of his sons got called up, Henry Walkup, Wilbur Darlington and Charles Ben.  Within a few days the boys with little more than the clothes on their backs were ready to go.  From the farm their father took them in a wagon to the train station in Williston and said his goodbyes, praying that the Lord would send his sons back to him.   From Williston, they took the train to the army base in Jacksonville. From there Wilbur tells he then went on to New York where he was quickly trained in Camp Mills.  After a few weeks of training, he was transported to Europe on the battleship U.S.S. Missouri.     Their ship convoy arrived in Liverpool England where they spent a few days before taking a ship to France, followed by a train to Valadon Doubs France.  From there Wilbur said they “Hiked all night under heavy pack, going over old trenches and barbwire entanglements.”  After eating corned willy for breakfast, the troop helped build a bridge and support trenches under heavy fire.  They were just ready to go over "the top", on November 11, 1918, “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” when orders to cease fire came in.  

The Ocala Evening Star, Nov 11, 1918

After camping in pup tents on "no man's land" for a few days Wilbur's company, after several long hikes, including one on Thanksgiving Day, stopped in Vanvey, Cote d’Or in January 1919 to support the Engineer Corp build roads.  After finishing up there, Wilbur acted as honor guard for review of the 81st “Wildcat Division” before the King and Queen of Belgium and General Pershing and then in April as special guard at a review of General Pershing’s division.  (Read full story about Wilbur in the War)

While Wilbur survived the war and returned home, he was scarred both emotionally and physically from his experiences.

Wilbur in France - WWI
Wilbur (marked with x) in France WWI


Young Men of Marion County Who have “Signed Up"


 Flemington, Precinct No. 3

Ben Mixson
 Henry Walkup Mixon

Wilbur Darlington Mixson

The Ocala Banner, June 15, 1907  


 Dunnellon, Precinct No. 24

W. J. Mixson

The Ocala Banner, June 29, 1917

Mixson’s from Florida serving in World War I
Thomas Goodwin Mixson #869
Charles Ben Mixson #843
Wilbur Darlington Mixson #842
James Augustus Mixson #871
Edwin Selby Mixson #804
Rufus Walter Mixson #801
William Tunno Mixson #19899

The headlines in the Ocala Evening Star that day had considerable news about the battle front in France, some of the lines:

British Retire From Baillieu; Local Success for French;  German Airplane Plant Burned; Rationing  

April 16, 1918, Charles Benjamin Mixson dies at the house of his brother James Darlington Mixson and is laid to rest in the Flemington cemetery

Updated 10-15-2022