Funerals for PFC William J. Winchester and CPL Arthur C. Ramirez (Korean War)

| March 12, 2020

In September 2019, DPAA announced that it had accounted for CPL Arthur C. Ramirez, US Army. CPL Ramirez was lost in North Korea on 6 December 1950.

CPL Ramirez will be buried next week in Marana, Arizona – on Thursday, 19 March 2020. Unfortunately, DPAA does not list the precise location of either his funeral services or interment.

If anyone reading this has information regarding the precise date and time of either CPL Ramirez’s funeral services or interment, please post that in comments below. And if anyone is in that area, here’s a chance to help give someone lost during the Korean War a proper send-off.

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In January 2020, DPAA announced that it had accounted for PFC William J. Winchester, US Army. PFC Winchester was lost in North Korea on 28 February 1951.

PFC Winchester will be buried next week in Lima, Ohio – also on Thursday, 19 March 2020. Unfortunately, DPAA does not list the precise location of either his funeral services or interment.

If anyone reading this has information regarding the precise date and time of either PFC Winchester’s funeral services or interment, please post that in comments below. And if anyone is in that area, here’s a chance to help give someone lost during the Korean War a proper send-off.

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  1. ninja says:

    Here is a nice article about his background and picture as well as funeral detail:

    https://tucson.com/news/local/remains-of-korean-war-veteran-identified-returning-to-tucson-in/article_b4f15584-2fa5-57cb-aa99-e0a3099db862.html

    “On March 19, the public is invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave., Tuscan, Arizona.”

    “Burial will follow at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Marana.”

    He was only 19 years old when he gave his life for our Country.

    Rest in Peace, Corporal Ramirez. Salute. You Were Never Forgotten.

    Bring Them All Home.

  2. ninja says:

    PFC William James Winchester of Mount Hope, Alabama, who gave his life at the age of 20.

    In late 1950, Winchester was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

    He was captured by enemy forces near Unsan, North Korea in November 1950.

    He reportedly died while in custody of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces at Prisoner of War Camp #5 in February 1951.

    Here is the information on his Funeral in Lima, Ohio:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Local-Business/St-Marys-VFW-post-9289-343175826451146/

    “As VFW District 2 Pow-Mia Chairman and VFW State Pow-Mia Chairman i would like to pass this info on….. William Winchester has been missing in action since 1950 during the Korean war. William has been identified by DPAA and his remains will be recieved by his family and buried at Lima Ohio Thursday March 19, at Memorial cemetery in lima on Bowman rd. Funeral at 12:00 pm at 4th st. Baptist church proceeding to cemetery. We will be escorting William home from the Dayton airport Tuesday 17th at 10:00am. American hero coming home…. please show your support… God Bless”

    Here is a nice picture of him in Uniform:

    https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1961374/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-winchester-w/

    Rest In Peace, PFC Winchester.Salute. You Were Never Forgotten.

    Bring Them All Home.

  3. OWB says:

    Evidently William J. Winchester was born in Lawrence, Alabama. There is also a bit of confusion about his exact date of death, although that is understandable. He was a POW at the time.

    https://www.abmc.gov/node/317371

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    Welcome Home Warriors. We will raise a glass in Salute to pay Honors for the Sacrifice of these Warriors. #neverforget

    Thanks for the update and the added linkys Hondo, ninja, OWB

  5. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home, men.

    Rest well.

  6. ninja says:

    An updated 15 March 2020 on PFC William Junior Winchester:

    “Remains of Korean War POW Being Returned to Family in Ohio”

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/03/15/remains-korean-war-pow-being-returned-family-ohio.html

    “The remains of soldier who died in 1951 in Korea while being held as a prisoner of war during the Korean War will be returned to Lima, Ohio, this week.”

    “Private First Class William Junior Winchester will posthumously receive a hero’s welcome from family members he never knew.”

    “James Winchester never knew his grandfather. Neither did his father, also named James, who was the only child of William Manchester and Millie Ann Cowan. But the younger Winchester — one of six grandchildren of the Korean War veteran — has heard a few stories about his grandfather.”

    “I know he played sports growing up in Alabama, and that he was played the guitar and sang in church. As one of the stories go, before he left home to go to war he sang to the family. The song he prophetically sang was titled something like ‘I Ain’t Coming Back This Way No More,'” James Winchester recalled.”

    “Millie Ann Cowan moved from Alabama to Lima after her husband was captured “and the rest of my family all grew up in Lima,” said James.”

    “Clark said the Army presented Winchester’s family with a photograph of the skeletal remains and a book “with all the details” that led to the Lima man’s remains being returned to his hometown for proper interment.”

    “A celebration of life will be held at noon Thursday at the Eleventh Street Missionary Baptist Church, 108 E. 11th St., Lima. Winchester’s remains will be interred in their final resting place in Memorial Park Cemetery following the ceremonies.”