Lorin was born September 18, 1899 at Alliance and attended Alliance High School. He was employed for a short time at Transue-Williams Co., but felt his call was to his country to help fight the great war which was to bring peace to the world. The following is a tribute from his pastor at the Union Avenue Methodist Church, Rev. Thomas Wood, January 25, 1920.
Lorin LeRoy Wilson was a member of this church. Being received into full membership by Rev. E. H. Roberts November 10, 1912. He was about thirteen years old at this time. When heard the call of his country for volunteers for the war against Germany, he was eager to enlist. He was not of age. Being only in his 18th year, his parents wished him to wait until he reached 18, but such was the urgency of the call to him that he could not rest, and his parents saw that it would only prolong his sorrow, so they gave their consent. With a glad heart he offered himself, was accepted and became a member of the Fourth United States Infantry, of the Regular Army June 20, 1917.
He was sent to Camp Colt, Gettysburg Pa. and entered upon his training. November 1st he was transferred to Camp Green, N. C., where the Third Division was organized and Lorin was assigned to Co. B. 8th, Machine Gun Battalion.
He went overseas, passing through England into France, where he landed April 19, 1918. From May 31 to July 29, he was in the Chateau Thierry sector. On July 15 to the 18th, the Germans made their most tremendous effort to break through the allied line and get to Paris and end the war with a German victory. It was a most critical time. The French were giving way, thinking it impossible to stop them. The Third Division refused to retreat. They stood like a granite wall against the Germans flushed with many victories. They fought them to a standstill, they drove them into a hasty retreat. They broke the spirit of the enemy. This was the last offensive of the German army. It was the turning point of the war on the Western front. For the glorious conduct of this Division at that time it earned for. itself the proud title, "The Marne Division".
With his Division he was in the St. Mihiel sector September 10-11, and shared in that great and successful offensive. He was in the last offensive of his Division in the Argonne Forest beginning September 30th, making five major battles. I n this great battle lasting many days he was killed October 7, 1918.
The National Geographic Magazine tersely says, "The Third Division was never stationed in a quiet sector, but was 86 days in active sectors. More than any other Division except the First, it advanced 41 Kilometers against resistance. Captured 2,240 prisoners, and lost 3,177 killed and 12,910, wounded."
In the height of the triumph of allied arms, with the consciousness of what they had done at Chateau Thierry, at Hill 204, at St. Mihiel and now, how they were driving the Germans constantly back, with the glow of victory in his heart this young and intensely loyal patriot gave up his life for his country and humanity.
He with Arthur LeRoy Floyd, and Ray McLean, whose eulogy was so fittingly pronounced by Dr. McMaster last Sunday morning, will remain shining stars to inspire the youth of this Church, to noblest purpose and loftiest endeavor. It is hoped that in the near future some Christian patriot, or some society in the Church, or the Church in .its corporate capacity, will erect a Bronze tablet, on which the names of these three, and all the others who went out from this Church, will be permanently enshrined.