Wilbur Bestwick

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Wilbur Bestwick was born in Sabetha, Kansas back in 1911. I do not have any information about his parents but I can tell you he graduated for a local high school in Sabetha in 1932.

In 1934, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps receiving his basic training at San Diego, California.

He was assigned to the USS Louisville pre-WWII. In 1943, he saw action with the 3rd Marine Division in Bougainville and the Guam campaigns. After the war. he serve in various assignments. During the Korean War he was assigned to the 1st Marine Division in Korea. For his service, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”. in 1956, he was transferred to the Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington D.C. until his retirement in 1959.

What you may not know about Wilbur is that he was the first Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. Not bad, not bad at all, I would tell you about all the medals he received but that would take another post to do so.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another unsung war hero... and it was not all that long ago...

Feb 26, 2019 02:31 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Decorations well deserved for a man so honored.

Feb 26, 2019 02:41 AM #2
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Why wouldn't he be James? You forgot to add that he was the oldest high school graduate ever. We don't see a lot of 21 year olds hanging in there that long. Please ignore me I'm on a roll. 

Feb 26, 2019 03:38 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Noone can say he never gave up on the goals he set for himself.

Feb 26, 2019 04:15 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Not bad at all for a man to accomplish. Have a great day.

Feb 26, 2019 04:34 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like quite the accomplished man.  I never had any desire to be part of the military.

Feb 26, 2019 04:44 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James, Another we may thank for the freedoms we have.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 26, 2019 04:45 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

He must have been a very impressive man, James.  I wish I could have met and talked to him.

Feb 26, 2019 05:44 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I am sure his accomplishments extend beyond the list of medals he received.  

Feb 26, 2019 07:24 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I know of a Vietnam vet with 7 purple hearts. That kind of courage and daring do I don't have.

Feb 26, 2019 07:30 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you James Dray  for sharing Wilbur's legacy with us! 

Feb 26, 2019 08:09 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - he was highly accomplished and served his country well.

Feb 26, 2019 08:31 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That is the highest enlisted rank in the Marines and quite an honor James Dray 

Feb 26, 2019 08:42 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful story, and I am looking forward to hearing all about his medals. A

Feb 26, 2019 09:19 AM #14
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Great information ones again about a great service man that service his company great.


Feb 26, 2019 11:03 AM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Wilber was certainly an accomplished military man who went above & beyond in his service to our country. He earned those accolades.

Feb 26, 2019 02:46 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- we need to honor men (and women) who have served our country so gallantly. 

Feb 26, 2019 06:16 PM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I never tire of reading about these men and women who write about. And I hope you WILL share a story about Wilbur Bestwick's medals!


Feb 26, 2019 08:45 PM #18
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

James Dray, America could use a lot more men like Wilbur Bestwick

Mar 01, 2019 01:29 PM #19
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Great story, major Thanks to our Military Forces!!

Mar 27, 2019 11:10 AM #20
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