Winfrey, Johnnie Paul, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1963 - 1965

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bay City, TX
Last Address
Bay City, TX

Casualty Date
Sep 18, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Roselawn Memorial Park - Van Vleck, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 090

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Civil Air Patrol
  1960, Civil Air Patrol - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1963, 1st Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Polk, LA)
 Unit Assignments
Basic Airborne Course (BAC)11th Airborne Division101st Airborne Division 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
  1963-1963, 111.10, Basic Airborne Course (BAC)
  1964-1965, 94B10, 11th Airborne Division
  1965-1965, 101st Airborne Division
  1965-1965, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
The Daily Tribune
Monday, September 20, 1965
Bay City, TX


Johnnie Winfrey, 20, Killed in Viet Nam
Paratrooper Dies During Heavy Action

The war in Viet Nam suddenly seemed much more real to Bay City and Matagorda County today. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis F. Winfrey of [Bay City] received a telegram Sunday morning that their son, Johnnie, was killed "as a result of hostile action" while serving with the 101st Airborne Division, the famous "Screaming Eagles," in Viet Nam.

The Winfrey's received the telegram from the Department of The Army at 11:30 a.m. It was signed by Major General J. C. Lambert, Adjutant General of the U.S. Army. Funeral services for Winfrey, at a time yet to be determined, will be in St. Paul's Methodist Church here with Rev. Preston Dumas and Rev. George Townley officiating. Interment will be in Forest Park Cemetery, near Webster on the Gulf Freeway in the Greater Houston Area.

Johnnie entered the Army on Jan 6, 1963, completed his basic training at Camp Polk, La., completed paratroop training at Fort Benning, Ga., special forces school at Fort Bragg, N.C., and then transferred to the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell, Ky., on June 18. He arrived in Viet Nam July 28 as a member of the 101st. He was a PFC.

The wording of the Army telegram said "Winfrey was killed as a result of hostile action while with his unit engaged in search and destroy operations. The unit engaged a hostile action group in small arms ground fire. Complete circumstances are unknown." Johnnie was a member of the Boy Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, and the Woodmen of the World.

Survivors besides his parents include his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Patton and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Rebecca Carr of Houston. A representative of the Commanding General of the 4th U.S. Army will accompany the body and will asist the family in making arrangments. Taylor Bros. Funeral Home is in charge of the services. [NOTE: Johnnie's body was later moved to Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Matagorda County, Texas.
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