Charlie Wilson dies

KTRE
Texas
February 10, 2010

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Former longtime East Texas congressman Charlie Wilson has died. Staff at Lufkin Memorial Hospital confirmed the report. He was 76.

According to a Memorial Hospital press release, Wilson died after suffering from cardio pulmonary arrest. He was pronounced dead at 12:16 p.m. in the hospital’s emergency room.

Wilson served in the 2nd U.S. Congressional District from 1972-1996 and was known as the “Liberal from Lufkin.” A book about his efforts in the U.S.’s covert war against Russia in Afghanistan was chronicled in the book, “Charlie Wilson’s War,” which was later made into a movie. Tom Hanks played the part of Wilson.

Wilson considered his greatest accomplishments as congressman to be the creation of the VA Hospital in Lufkin and the establishment of the Big Thicket National Preserve. The Lufkin VA clinic was renamed after Wilson in 2005…

…He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956 and served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960.

“Charlie loved this nation and had deep respect and gratitude for the men and women who defended her; he was a force for veterans his entire career. Throughout his life, this was evident in his thoughts, words, and deeds,” stated Anthony Zollo, M.D., Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic director, in a press release…

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