S/Sgt. William H. Wylie (POW)
Passed away: Oct. 6, 2015
Awards: POW medal, Air Medal with three bronze clusters, three bronze stars and a Purple Heart.
Moulton Wylie (father)
Muryl Wylie (mother)
William H. Wylie was a Staff Sergeant in the Army during World War II. William resided in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania before enlisting on July 9, 1943. At the time of enlistment, William was 18 years old, had 3 years of high school education and was single, without dependents. Two years later, William was captured by the Nazis while serving in Germany, and was sent to Dulag Luft near Grosstychow, Prussia where 647 other American POWs were held. William's capture was first reported to the International Committee of the Red Cross on January 10, 1945, and the last report was made on June 7, 1945. Based on these two reports, William was imprisoned for at least 148 days (~5 months), one of the shorter durations of captivity recorded, the average being 363 days. Ultimately, William was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated.
William H. Wylie, who worked at the Pittsburgh Press for nearly 30 years and was business editor in the 1970s and early 1980s, died at his home in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. In his reporting for the Press, Mr. Wylie interviewed national and local business leaders and covered Pittsburgh's transition from a major steel producer to a center for healthcare and high tech industries. At the time, the Press was one of Scripps-Howard's major afternoon dailies and had the second largest circulation in Pennsylvania behind only the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mr. Wylie joined the Press in 1955 as a copy editor and subsequently became telegraph editor, Sunday news editor and real estate editor before assuming responsibility for the paper's business coverage. Although he interviewed national figures such as David Rockefeller and all of Pittsburgh's leading business executives, he was always eager to promote and write about local entrepreneurs and the small business scene. During his career at the Press, he won two Golden Quill Awards for his business writing. He was also a member of the fast-shrinking Greatest Generation. Wylie was a World War II veteran who flew 23 missions as flight engineer and top turret gunner on a B17 crew. His plane was shot down over Dusseldorf, Germany and he spent the last six months of the war as a POW until being liberated from Stalag VIIA in Moosburg, Germany. At the time he was liberated, the camp held 70,000 Allied soldiers, and Mr. Wylie was fond of telling how he almost literally run into General George Patton who was inspecting the camp. "I gave him the best salute I ever gave," Wylie said. He was awarded an Air Medal with three bronze clusters, three bronze stars and a Purple Heart for his service. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan Z. Wylie; and his daughter, Carol Wylie, of Mt. Lebanon; his son, Stephen Wylie; and daughter-in-law, Patricia Casteel, of New York City.
Funeral services were held private. Burial was in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.
Memorial donations suggested be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Diagnostic Center, 200 Lothrop St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, or to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or to Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 1146 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Road, Scott Township, entrusted with arrangements.
(Published in Pittsburgh Tribune Review from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2015)
Mount Lebanon Cemetery