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Harold J. Van Winkle Jr.

Harold J. Van Winkle Jr. was born on May 19, 1948 and joined the Armed Forces while in Paterson, NJ.

He served as a 11B10 in the Army. In 1 year of service, he attained the rank of SP4/E4.

On February 16, 1969, at the age of 20, Harold J. Van Winkle Jr. perished in the service of our country in Thua Thien, South Vietnam.




Van Winkle was killed [during] an ambush. AK round hit a M 79 round as he was loading it. This was around a cemetery. Sgt Ski was severely wounded. A guy from Sisters (?) Oregon was slightly wounded. Jerry, the Kit Carson, sprung the ambush early. I think Larry Stone was also on the ambush. (G. Bowers)

Spec. Van Winkle was from West Paterson NJ and left behind a wife and an infant son he never meet.For his actions on the day he was killed he was awarded the Bronze Star and a second Purple Heart.Thank you for your sacrifice. You are not forgotten.
- Dennis Felice


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