Van Winkle, Harold J., Jr., SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11B10, A Troop, 4th Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Specialist 4

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Paterson , NJ
Last Address
Paterson , NJ

Casualty Date
Feb 16, 1969
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Totowa Boro, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
32W 047/Section R Lot 674 Grave 3

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
4th Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division Mechanized
  1968-1969, 11B10, A Troop, 4th Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment
  1968-1969, 11B10, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division Mechanized
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
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Last Known Activity

 United States Army Specialist 4 served in the Fifth Infantry Division. He was killed in action in Thau Thien Province in Vietnam. His platoon was out on ambush patrol when they were overrun by a large group of North Vietnamese Army regulars. The platoon panicked and ran while he and another soldier stood their ground and kept firing their weapons. Their action allowed their platoon to escape.  - Find a Grave
Sean Van Winkle
I'm his son
271 Warburton Avenue
Hawthorne,NJ 07506 USA
I ust want to leave this poem for him, and for all the other men and families that endured the Vietnam War: "The Forgotten Hero" Everyone tells me he was a hero. To me he's pictures, some medals on a wall, a box of letters, a gravestone. He's not real. How could he be real? I never met him, never felt his touch. But I've worn his hat, his dog tags. I've even touched the flag that was draped over the coffin they sent him home in. But I never touched him. Miss You Dad    Sean
Saturday, November 06, 1999
8 Oct 2002


I was a boyhood friend of Harold "Hatchie" Van Winkle. We used to play stickball, baseball, football, basketball and any other game with a ball you could name. I played on our Little League team with his brother Davey. Hatchie didn't say much, but he was always a great team player and competitor. I'm sure he was one until the day he died.

Arthur H Tafero


09 Dec 2003

My name is Salvatore Cataldo. I was in Vietnam with Harold [Rip] Van Winkle. He was my friend. Rip was his nickname. I was with him the first time he was wounded on the DMZ. He went to Japan to the hospital. When he came back he never griped - he did his job like a true soldier. Everyone who knew him liked him. He loved his wife and family very much. He spoke of them often, and he was happy he was going to be a father. I was with him the night he died - a part of all of us died that night.

I would love to meet his son or little girl to tell them their father was a real man and how proud I am to have known him. He was my friend whom I will never forget. Anyone with info about his family please e-mail me and put me in touch ... it's something I've wanted to do for 35 years. Please help me find them.

Yours truly,
Spec 4th Class Salvatore Cataldo
50 Evergreen St, Staten Island NY 10308


24 May 2006

My Name is Jack Weiss. Hatchie was my friend when we were growing up. Our families were very close. I lived in Hawthorne and they lived in West Paterson.

I remember playing all sorts of games with him and his brother Dave. His nickname came from when his older brother was young and could not say Harold. He kept saying "Hatchie" and the name stuck.

I was devastated the day I was told of his death. I clearly remember his funeral in New Jersey. It was very hard to see him.



He was a good man and I still can see him. He is missed by all of us.

Rest in peace, Hatchie,
Your friend, Jack
Bozeman, Montana
I grew up with Hatch and Davey. I lived across the street. Many of us in the neighborhood did our tours in Nam around the same time. Davey and Joe Tarrantino were first. Davey and Joe made it back, then they shipped Hatch out. I made it back two days after they buried Hatch. My Dad and Rip did not want me to know with just a few weeks left before getting out of Nam. They told me when I got home. For the past 44 years, when I have a chance to return home, I sit at his grave to talk to him and thank him for being my friend all those years we grew up. I think of him every week. He was my friend and a leader of men. Art Tozzi- 12th Air Commando Sq. Bien Hoa, Republic Of.

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