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Jack William Wintle

Date of birth: 18-Apr-08
Date of death: November 13, 1942
Place of Birth: Kansas, Pittsburg
Home of record: Shreveport Louisiana
Status: KIA

Jack Wintle graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1932.


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Jack William Wintle (NSN: 0-71345), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession on the Staff of the Commander, South Pacific Force, serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island on the night of 12 - 13 November, 1942. On this occasion the force to which Lieutenant Commander Wintle was attached engaged at close quarters and defeated a superior enemy force, inflicting heavy damage upon them and preventing the accomplishment of their intended mission. This daring and intrepid attack, brilliantly executed, led to a great victory for his country's forces. By his indomitable fighting spirit, expert seamanship, and gallant devotion to duty, Lieutenant Commander Wintle contributed largely to the success of the battle and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)

Action Date: November 12 - 13, 1942

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Staff of the Commander

Regiment: South Pacific Force

Division: U.S.S. San Francisco (CA-38)