Born in Seligman, Missouri. After enlisted service, obtained a Congressional appointment.
His branch was Infantry. After graduation and Benning, he served with the 104th “Timberwolf” Division in Oregon training, but, before the division went to Europe, he was sent as a replacement to the Southwest Pacific, where he joined the 27th “Wolfhounds” Regiment of the 25th “Tropic Lightning” Divison in New Caledonia. He commanded the Cannon Company of the regiment through the Luzon campaingn of 1945, then served on occupation duty in Japan.
He served in Korea in 1950-51, landing at Inchon with the 32nd Infantry of the 7th Division, then fighting east of the Chosin Reservoir in northern Korea, where he was wounded and barely escaped the Chinese onslaught.
After the Command & General Staff College, he served in Germany, both as battalion commander and battle group executive officer in the 28th “Black Lions” Infantry of the 8th Division.
He also served in Vietnam in 1966-67, as a Deupty Corps Advisor and then commander of the largest US Armu post in Vietnam at Long Bihn.
The machete is a jungle made / by the Viet Cong. Machete resembles a chi com issue machete, this one is much heavier than the Chi Corn machete.These were known to be hand forged from truck springs
The plaque documents the machete; brass plaque reads
TO COLONEL WESLEY j. CURTIS
COMMANDING OFFICER LONG BINH POST
1 OCT 1968 TO 22 APR 1967
OFFICERS AND MEN
LONG BINH POST HEADQUATERS