David F. Winder

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David Francis Winder
Private First Class David Winder   Cmoh army.jpg
Private First Class David Winder
Born (1946-08-10)August 10, 1946
Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Died May 13, 1970(1970-05-13) (aged 23)
Republic of Vietnam
Place of burial Mansfield Memorial Park, Mansfield, Ohio
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1968 - 1970
Rank Private First Class
Unit Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division
Battles/wars Vietnam War 
Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

David Francis Winder (August 10, 1946 – May 13, 1970) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.

Biography[edit]

Winder was born in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, one of four children born to Frances Gertrude (née Eppinger) and Dr James Calvin Winder.

He attended Kemper Military School & College in Boonville, Missouri. Winder joined the Army from Columbus, Ohio in 1968,[1] and by May 13, 1970 was a Private First Class serving as a combat medic in the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 3d Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. On that day, in the Republic of Vietnam, Winder attempted to reach several wounded comrades through intense enemy fire, and was mortally wounded in the process.

Winder, aged 23 at his death, was buried in Mansfield Memorial Park, Mansfield, Ohio.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Private First Class Winder's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Pfc. Winder distinguished himself while serving in the Republic of Vietnam as a senior medical aidman with Company A. After moving through freshly cut rice paddies in search of a suspected company-size enemy force, the unit started a thorough search of the area. Suddenly they were engaged with intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fire by a well entrenched enemy force. Several friendly soldiers fell wounded in the initial contact and the unit was pinned down. Responding instantly to the cries of his wounded comrades, Pfc. Winder began maneuvering across approximately 100 meters of open, bullet-swept terrain toward the nearest casualty. Unarmed and crawling most of the distance, he was wounded by enemy fire before reaching his comrades. Despite his wounds and with great effort, Pfc. Winder reached the first casualty and administered medical aid. As he continued to crawl across the open terrain toward a second wounded soldier he was forced to stop when wounded a second time. Aroused by the cries of an injured comrade for aid, Pfc. Winder's great determination and sense of duty impelled him to move forward once again, despite his wounds, in a courageous attempt to reach and assist the injured man. After struggling to within 10 meters of the man, Pfc. Winder was mortally wounded. His dedication and sacrifice inspired his unit to initiate an aggressive counterassault which led to the defeat of the enemy. Pfc. Winder's conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit and the U.S. Army.

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