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[Charles Wilson in Israel in Captured Tank ]

Description: Photograph of US Congressman Charles Wilson sitting atop a captured Russian-made Egyptian tank in Israel in December 1973. Diboll Free Press Collection, The History Center, Diboll, Texas. Following the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War, East Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson inspected this Russian-built T-62 tank captured by Israel. Wilson, as a member of the Near East subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, visited Israel comparing U.S. military equipment to that of Russia. Wilson concluded in a December 1973 newspaper column that we were “growing lax in our preparedness,” as he thought our best equipment was not as advanced as what Russia was then supplying Egypt and Syria.
Date: December 1973
Partner: The History Center

[Charles Wilson outside Texas Capitol]

Description: Photograph of State representative Charles Wilson outside of the Texas capitol with three supporters. Left to right: Joe Ned Dean, District Judge for Trinity County, Claudette Lowe of Lufkin, and Jeannie Wayland, who was Wilson's administrative assistant. April 22, 1965.
Date: April 22, 1965
Partner: The History Center