Winkler, P/Sgt. Richard C.

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P/Sgt. Richard Carl Winkler Jr. 
Born: 15 February 1920 – Forest Park, Illinois 
Parents: Richard C. Winkler Sr. & Anna Lohr-Winkler 
Siblings: 1 sister, 2 brothers 
Home: 
– 1042 South Troost Avenue – Forest Park, Illinois 
Education: 
– St. Bernadine School 
– Proviso Township High School 
– Class of 1937 
Enlisted: 
– 18 September 1940 
– Central Recruiting Division – Chicago, Illinois 
Reenlisted: 12 March 1943 
– U.S. Marines 
Serial Number: Unknown 
Training: 
– Camp Pendleton – Pendleton, California 
– 1940 – 3rd Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Base Troops 
– Camp Elliott – San Diego, California 
– 1941 – Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Battalion, 8th Marine Division 
– 1941 – Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Battalion, 2nd Marine Division 
– 1942 – Company B, 2nd Parachute Battalion, Amphibious Corps, Pacific Fleet 
– 1943 – Post Headquarters Company, Post Troops, Marine Barracks – Parris Island, South Carolina 
– Camp Tarawa – Hawaii, Hawaii 
– sent there for training after Battle of Guam 
Unit: 
– I Company, 3rd Parachute Battalion, Amphibious Corps – Pacific Fleet 
– 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division 
– activated – 11 November 1943 
– platoon sergeant 
Engagements: 
– Battle for Vella Lavella – Solomon Islands – 15 August 1943 – 18 September 1943 – Americans relieved by New Zealand Troops 
– Battle of Bougainville – 1 November 1943 
– Battle of Guam – 21 July 1944 – 8 August 1944 
– held in reserve – did not take part in the battle 
– Battle of Iwo Jima 
– landed on 19 February 1945 
Wounded: 
– 22 February 1945 
– during the battle to take Mount Suribachi 
– boarded onto hospital ship – U.S.S. Samaritan 
Died: 
– 2 March 1945 – from wounds on Guam 
Buried: 
– 28 April 1948
– Forest Home Cemetery – Forest Park, Illinois 
– Section: 57 Lot: 253 
Medals: 
– Purple Heart 
– American Defense Medal 
– Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal 
– World War II Victory Medal 
– Presidential Unit Citation / Oak Leaf Cluster 

 

 

Winkler Grave

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