Yinger, Charles, S/Sgt

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Staff Sergeant
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Infantry (Enlisted)
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1943-1944, 745, 5307th Composite Unit Merrill's Marauders
Service Years
1936 - 1945


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York, PA

Date of Passing
Apr 16, 2013
Location of Interment
Prospect Hill Cemetery - York, Pennsylvania
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Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II 75th Ranger Regiment

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Post 7374, West Manchester Township PostVeterans of the Vietnam War
  1945, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7374, West Manchester Township Post (National President) (York, Pennsylvania) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2013, Veterans of the Vietnam War

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Charles W. Yinger, 93, died on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 2:47 a.m. at The Brunswick at Longstown. He was the husband of the late Theresa D. (Eber) Yinger. Viewing will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday at Workinger-Semmel F.H. & Crematorium, Inc., 849 E. Market St., York. The service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Eddie D.D. Miller, retired U.M. pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery with full military honors provided by the York County Veterans Honor Guard. Mr. Yinger was born December 29, 1919 in Hallam, and was the son of the late Garrett and Beulah (Crumbling) Yinger. He was a sand blaster/painter and in the winter worked for the former Goodling, Inc. as a fuel oil truck driver; a member of the Twelfth Ward Independent Democratic Club, Rooster Social Club, Thirteenth Ward Political Club, Vietnam War Vets Post #35 and the West Manchester VFW Post #7374. Charles was an Army Ranger veteran of WWII and serving in the China-Burma-India Theater with "Merrill's Marauders" 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional). After they were disbanded, what was left joined the 475th Infantry. He was a platoon leader, Staff Sergeant, member of the CBI Campaign and a life member of the 75th Ranger Regiment. In 1937 and early 1938, Charles was chosen as a sentinal at Fort Myer, VA to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and remained the oldest living tomb guard until his death. Charles loved his fellow veterans and always held a sacred place in his heart for them. He is survived by two sons, Michael C. and Jon R. Yinger both of York; a daughter, Sheila H. Miller of Seven Valleys; ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and a sister, Phyllis Powers of Dallastown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 or to the York County SPCA, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA 17402. www.workinger-semmel.com

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on April 18, 2013
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WWII - China-Burma-India Theater/India-Burma Campaign (1942-45)
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(India-Burma Campaign 2 April 1942 to 28 January 1945) China Burma India Theater (CBI) was an umbrella term, used by the United States military during World War II for the China and Southeast Asian or India-Burma (IBT) theaters. Operational command of Allied forces (including US forces) in the CBI was officially the responsibility of the Supreme Commanders for South East Asia or China. However: US forces in practice were usually overseen by General Joseph Stilwell, the Deputy Allied Commander in China; the term "CBI" was significant in logistical, material and personnel matters; it was and is commonly used within the US for these theaters.

Well-known US (or joint Allied) units in the CBI included the Chinese Expeditionary Force, the Flying Tigers, transport and bomber units flying the Hump, the 1st Air Commando Group, the engineers who built Ledo Road, and the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), popularly known as "Merrill's Marauders".

"We got a hell of a beating," Lt. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell told the crowd of reporters in the Indian capital of New Delhi. It was May 1942, and the American general, who had only recently arrived in the Far East to assume the position of chief of staff to Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek, was chafing at failure in his first command in the field. Following the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor the previous December, the Japanese had won victory after victory, extending their empire from Wake Island in the Pacific to Malaya and Singapore in Southeast Asia. When Stilwell had arrived in the embattled Chinese capital of Chungking in March, the Japanese were already driving into Burma, capturing the capital of Rangoon on 6 March. The American general took command of two Chinese divisions and, in cooperation with the British and Indians, tried to stem the Japanese onslaught. Defeated, he and his staff endured a rugged, 140-mile hike over jungle-covered mountains to India. By occupying Burma, the Japanese had not only gained access to vast resources of teak and rubber, but they had dosed the Burma Road, 700 miles of dirt highway that represented China's last overland link with the outside world. The reopening of an overland route to China would be the major American goal, indeed obsession, in the theater throughout the campaign.
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The objective of restoring a land route to China originated in part in hard strategic considerations, specifically the need to keep China in the war to tie down Japanese troops and serve as a base for future operations against the Japanese home islands. But it also reflected an idealistic American view of China as a great power, capable of a major contribution, and the romantic image held by many Americans of China's heroic struggle against superior Japanese equipment and arms. For nearly three years the United States would thus push for a major effort to break the Japanese blockade, forward large quantities of lend-lease materials, and train the fledgling Chinese Army and Air Force.
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