Winter, Carl J., CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1964 - 1968



Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 23, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Richland Lutheran Cemetery - Hemlock, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
38W 048

 Official Badges 

25th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Manchu Mile (original) Manchu Mile

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry) Army Garrison Fort Lewis, WA4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1965-1966, 1210, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry)
  1966-1967, 1542, Army Garrison Fort Lewis, WA
  1968-1968, 1542, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment
  1968-1968, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1960-1964, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 38W 048

Captain Carl Winter had been trained in armor after graduating from West Point.  He attended Airborne and Ranger Schools, and was assigned a year and a half in Germany, patrolling the East German border with 2nd Squadron, 9th Armored Cavalry Regiment, returning to the States and an assignment to Fort Lewis as a company commander of a basic training company. He later completed the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Fort Knox  in late summer 1967.

Captain Carl Winter went to Vietnam on 13 July 1968, "where he initially was assigned as the S-3 Air of the Fourth Battalion, Ninth Infantry, for two months. He then had a choice of being a general’s aide or an infantry company commander. He opted for the more risky challenge of commanding a company in combat. . . . the unit participated in several successful combat operations.

Misfortune struck, however, on 23 November, when, after an airmobile assault, C Company was pinned down in an open, dry rice paddy by a larger enemy force in an adjacent wooded area. The fighting was fierce and he and his men held the enemy off long enough until a friendly unit was able to reinforce C Company and together they overcame the Viet Cong. C Company suffered several casualties, though, because of a lack of protection in the rice paddy. Most significant among them was the commander,

Captain Carl Winter, who was killed instantly by a hail of bullets. It was a tough way to earn the Bronze Star with “V” and the Purple Heart."

He was buried in Hemlock, Michigan.

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