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is honored on Panel 18W, Line 57 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/10/16 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Jess H Van Winkle Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Thank You

    Posted on 9/7/15 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Sergeant Van Winkle for your leadership and courage under fire.
  • I Remember

    Posted on 3/31/14 - by Nancy Champ
    I remember Jessie very well because I hung out with his sister. He always had us laughing and he pulled pranks all the time. My one memory that comes to me often is him doing cannonballs at the city pool to splash all of us girls laying by the pool and he would laugh so hard and we would be so mad. He was a lot of fun and kept us laughing. His death was terrible and I've never forgotten him. His mom just passed so I hope he's in his mom and dad's arms. Love you Jessie.
  • Fellow soldier

    Posted on 1/12/13 - by Tom Foor

    I remember Jesse, we called him Rip, as a fun loving guy who was always in a good mood. Since he was a cook, he would bunk in our hooch (bunker). One thing I remember is that he would ask us to wake him 2 hours before he had to rise, so he had the pleasure of sleeping 2 more hours. He was sorely missed. I visited the grave of another soldier killed with him at Greenville, PA. His name was Robert Foulk. I hope to visit Jesse's grave in the future.

  • How I got my name.

    Posted on 11/12/12 - by Jesse Wilhite

    My mother and Jess were first cousin. My mother was attending ESU when she started writting Jess. They lived far enough away growing up that they werent really close. The letters ment enough to her that she keep them and passed them on to me. only 4 survive today. I still remember when i was little her and i sitting down looking at them and her telling me that this was who i was named after. Till her death a few yrs ago she could not make it all the way through one with out crying. They are very interesting and i would love to share them with anyone who would like to see them.

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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit