John P. Winters was 18 years old when he was killed in action near Cam Lo, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. He succumbed to injuries caused by mortar shell fragments on May 25, 1969.
On that day, Bravo Company was holding a defensive position approximately 5 kilometers south of the city. Early morning enemy mortar fire had caused no harm, but luck would change in the afternoon.
Ongoing mortar fire resulted in a hit on the company's ammunition dump, setting it on fire. As the fire spread, the ammunition exploded, resulting in significant loss of life. Winters and 14 other Marines died in the explosion.
Winters was awarded the Purple Heart.
This Fallen Hero did not complete high school, choosing instead to join the Marine Corps.
Winters lived lived with his family on Colonial Drive.