Honor guard to escort remains of uncle and nephew, both marines
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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana police officers will be assisting Patriot Guard Riders with an official military escort on Saturday to honor two Hoosier marines.
Officers from the Indiana State Police and public safety agencies in Brown, Bartholomew, Jennings and Jefferson Counties will assist in a procession escorting the remains of PFC Manley F. Winkley and Cpl. Lyman Winkley, an uncle and nephew.
The procession will leave the Bond Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville, Ind., on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and will travel to the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison, Ind., arriving at 1:00 p.m., where both will be interred with full military honors.
PFC Manley F. Winkley was born in Indianapolis on Sept. 17, 1923, and served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. He was killed in action on the Island of Betio on Nov. 20, 1943, during the Battle of Tarawa.
Winkley was buried in a battlefield cemetery on Betio. A joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Team found the human remains of at least three individuals on the island of Betio, and on April 2, 2013, the remains of one of those individuals was positively identified as PFC Manley F. Winkley, USMCR.
After nearly 70 years on foreign soil, his remains are being brought back to the United States for burial and full military honors.
PFC Winkley’s nephew, Cpl. Lyman Winkley, was born in Indianapolis on Feb. 11, 1927. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on Dec. 11, 1944, and was honorably discharged on May 28, 1947. His military records from WWII were damaged in the St. Louis Fire so there is no record of where he served or with what company.
Lyman Winkley re-enlisted in the Marine Corps on August 24, 1950, and was in the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He was wounded in Yo-Dong on March 22, 1951, and again on April 25, 1951, in Central Korea.
He received the Korean Service Medal with one bronze service star and the Purple Heart with one gold star. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 4, 1951.
State police are advising travelers in the area that some delays may occur, and are asking motorists to be patient and honor the sacrifice made by these two men.
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