Winstead, Otho Tindall, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1949-1950, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry
Service Years
1940 - 1950


Lieutenant Colonel

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 16, 1950
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
3, 1428-D

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Korean War Fallen
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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
31st Infantry Division1st Battalion, 19th Infantry
  1940-1945, 1542, 31st Infantry Division
  1949-1950, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1945-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Southern Philippines Campaign (1945)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Taejon
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Last Known Activity
Lieutenant Colonel Winstead was a decorated veteran of World War II. In Korea, he commanded the 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. On July 15, 1950 near Taepyoung, South Korea, when his command post came under attack, he personally organized a counter attack. He was Killed in Action the day following.

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Otho Tindall Winstead, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Lieutenant Colonel Winstead distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces at Taepyong-hi, Korea, on 15 and 16 July 1950. When his positions were under constant and severe artillery, heavy weapons and sniper fire, Colonel Winstead remained constantly in his most forward infantry positions for the purpose of directing counter-fire and to inspire and calm his officers and men by his own personal fearless and daring example. On 16 July 1950, when his positions were subject to attack from the front, the flanks and from the rear by a vastly numerically superior enemy, Colonel Winstead personally led a counterattack against a group of infiltrating enemy who were threatening to disrupt the orderly withdrawal of his unit to new defensive positions, killing at leas two of them with his pistol at point-bank range. He remained at the battle positions with the last element of his unit and when last seen was calmly directing its preparations for withdrawal.

General Orders: Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 24 (August 12, 1950), as amended by General Orders No. 342 HQ Eighth U.S. Army Korea (1951)

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