Vietnam: John P. Winters, United States Marine Corps, LCpl., 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 3d Marine Division

John P. Winters was killed in action, May 25, 1969 in Vietnam. Credits: William Duffy

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. 

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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.


Clark's Fallen Heroes profiles those 21 soldiers from Clark who died in service to their country. Author William Duffy’s research into Clark’s fallen heroes included such primary sources as United States military records kept at the National Archive, articles and reports from “The Elizabeth Daily Journal,” photographs, letters and, when possible, interviews with family members and friends of the deceased.

Find out more about William Duffy:    One Man’s Quest to Keep Alive the Memory of Clark’s War Dead

The series runs daily through Memorial Day, 2017.  Click for an index of stories. 


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