BM1 Wilbur Wright Dear
Record NO: (182)
Rank / Rate
War of Service
Date of birth
No Date
Place of birth / home town
Family Members
Mother: Mrs. Olive Dear 631 N. Jackson St. Lima.
High School
Central High School
Enlistment Date
Service Number
Unit / Ship / duty Station
USS Helena CL50 (Light Cruiser)
Date of Casuality
Jul 06, 1943
Cause of Death or Status
Place of Incident
South Pacific
Place of Burial or Memorial
★ Purple Heart, ★ World War II Victory Medal, ★ Combat Action Ribbon, ★ American Campaign Medal, ★ Navy Presidential Unit Citation, ★ Navy Good Conduct Medal, ★ Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, ★ Navy Expeditionary Medal
Wilbur Wright Dear, Boatswains Mate 1st Class Pettey Officer who had been in the U,S, Navy for 11 years and had survived the Japaneseattack of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, has been reported missing in action in the Southwest Pacific area. He was the son of Mrs.. Olive Dear oof 631 N. Jackson St. (Lima, Ohio) He was a gun captain serving on the U.S.S. Helena which was reported sunk July 6 (1943) in the battle of Kula Gulf. During the Pearl Harbor attack, Dear suffered shrapnel cuts to the face. Out of a crew of almost 1,200, 168 men were killed, either during the battle or while the men were adrift.

Wilbur W Dear is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. This is an American Battle Monuments Commission location.