RECOVERED: PFC Manley Forest Winkley

The Defense Prisoner of War / Missing Persons Office (DPMO) announced as of June 1, 2013, the remains of PFC Manley Forest Winkley had been recovered from Betio, Tarawa Atoll, and positively identified.

Winkley was born September 17, 1923, and was serving with Company B, First Battalion, 2nd Marines when he was killed. He will be buried in Marion, Indiana with full military honors on August 24 of this year.

Thanks to commenter T. F. for the heads up.

See the announcement here.

(Note: In dishearteningly familiar DPMO fashion, the release misspells Winkley’s name, misidentifies his unit, and gets the date of death wrong in their release. More important is the fact that this young man is headed home where he belongs.)

10 Replies to “RECOVERED: PFC Manley Forest Winkley”

  1. I’m hearing that it may actually be at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison, Jefferson, Indiana (down by Louisville). He and his nephew, who was killed in action during Korea, are to be interred right next to each other. I hope to attend to pay my respects.

    1. Thank you for the update, Jennifer. The DPMO listing had quite a few errors, so you may very well be right. Please let me know if you hear of anything definite.


      1. Geoffrey,
        I am Senior Ride Captain for the Indiana Patriot Guard SE Region. Jennifer is correct regarding services for these two Heroes of the USMC. I was recently contacted by the Superintendent of the Indiana Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Madison, IN. All details are not final, but an escorted procession will depart Nashville, IN and conclude in Madison, IN.

      2. I submitted a request to DPMO to correct the errors and they’re looking into it. His release will be posted around August 20, 2013.

  2. His nephew, Lyman Winkleylyman was not killed in Korea but did serve in Korea. He went on to live a full life. Hope to see everyone in Madison!

    Lyman Winkleys niece

    1. My apologies for having misspoken, Ms Crawley, and thank you for the correction. I look forward to being there next month to honor them both.

  3. My great uncle Manley will be interred at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison In.,on Aug. 24th. beside my father, Lyman Winkley, who joined the Marines when his uncle Manley was killed at the invasion of Tarawa Atoll. Manley was my fathers hero.
    My father was also a hero, He was wounded twice, and also recieved a gold star for the battle at Chosin Reservoir, and became one of the “Chosin Few”. My father died a few years ago , and we are burying him beside Manley, so they can both be honored. The Family is so proud and gratefull that Manley is finally coming home after 70 years.

    1. Hello,
      So happy they are bringing him home. Could you post a picture of him? It so nice to put a face with a name.
      My sincere thanks to such a wonderful site that keeps these men memories alive.
      God Bless all of them.

  4. It was an honor to ride with the IPGR yesterday,and to bring home a soldier that was long overdo to come home,Thank you to his family for letting us ride escort for him, I am very sorry for your loss, God Speed PFC Winkley,May he R.I.P

    Member of Rolling Thunder Indianapolis Chapter 1
    I myself am a Marine & felt very proud to Escort Pfc Winkley’s Remains from the Indianapolis Airport on Friday & also on the Ride to the Cemetery in Madison on Saturday. I had tears in my eyes most of the ride from the Church staging point to the Cemetery from the pride that the Americans showed along the complete route, Thank You for allowing me to be a part of this historic event.
    Semper Fi Marine
    Welcome Home !

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