Wilson Watson was a young farmer in Arkansas when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in August 1942. After completing training in California, Watson deployed to the Pacific theater, where he fought at Bougainville and Guam. Watson was a Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) gunner with the 3rd Marine Division when he landed on Iwo Jima. A week into the campaign, Watson’s squad became pinned down by fire from a Japanese pillbox. Watson took matters into his own hands, storming ahead towards the fortification and clearing it of Japanese soldiers. That was just the beginning of Watson’s charge to push his squad forward. He killed 60 enemy soldiers in a one man standoff until his platoon caught up with him.