Private Joe Wilder was born in Ricetown, Owsley County, Kentucky, on 12 October 1922. He enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard on 8 December 1940, at Booneville, Kentucky, with Company F, 149th Infantry. He was inducted into federal service on 20 January 1941. Wilder was killed in action in Southwest Pacific Area on 8 February 1945, and is buried in the Gabbard Branch Cemetery, Ricetown, Kentucky.
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