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SGT Jeannette Lee Winters

SGT Jeannette Lee Winters

Gary, Lake County, Indiana, USA
Death 9 Jan 2002 (aged 25)
Burial Merrillville, Lake County, Indiana, USA
Plot Section 17, Lot-South 5
Memorial ID 6082049 · View Source
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Marine Sgt Winters was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352), the "Raiders," Combined Task Force 58, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, California. Winters was killed in the crash of a KC-130 fueling plane. The plane was later found to be flying too low at night without night vision equipment. She is the first female member of the U.S. military to be killed in combat since the 1991 Gulf War. Jeannette joined the Marines in June 1997 because she wanted to do something different. She always wanted to go into the service and would always push to be better. If she was at 100 percent, she thought she could be 200. Her job in the Marines was as a radio operator (satellite communication technician) and she loved it; she was so proud to get into the Marine Corps. She knew she wouldn't be home for Christmas because she had gotten orders to go to Afghanistan so before going overseas she assembled a package of Christmas gifts for her family. Jeannette got a coat, gloves and a hat for a 2-year-old niece she had never met and a guitar for her father, once a professional musician. He will never play duets with his daughter, but he finds some comfort in the knowledge that she loved what she was doing. She served her country.

NOTE: Jeannette is buried at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Indiana AND at Arlington National Cemetery (Section 60, Site 8015), Arlington, Virginia. Burial at two locations is not unusual when there has been a catastrophic plane or helicopter crash.

Bio by: Brenda N

  • Created by: Erik Lander
  • Added: 10 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6082049
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Jeannette Lee Winters (4 May 1976–9 Jan 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6082049, citing Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville, Lake County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Erik Lander (contributor 503045) .