William E. Wright Jr.

March 31, 1992

William E. Wright Jr., an Army officer captured by the Germans in World War II and a civilian military intelligence specialist for the Army, died Saturday of cancer at his home on Stonewall Road in Catonsville.

Services for Mr. Wright, 70, will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow in a chapel at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

He retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1966.

He had enlisted in 1940. After completing Officers Candidate School, he was an infantry officer in Italy and Southern France before being captured by the Germans in 1944. He was a prisoner in Poland and in Germany and was released the next year. He became a military intelligence officer before serving in the Korean War.

His decorations included the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster.

He was secretary and former exalted ruler of the Catonsville Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He had been a committee chairman in the state organization of the Elks and headed its South-Central District.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., he attended Peabody College for Teachers, now part of Vanderbilt University, before joining the Army.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lillian Lockett; a daughter, Lillian Sue Wright Schadle of Fayetteville, Ga.; a son, William Stewart Wright of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; three sisters, Ruth Kilgore and Helen Maxon, both of Nashville, and Dorothy Farris of Washington; and two grandsons.

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