HARTWICK – Route 205 through Hartwick hamlet will be named in honor of Marine Corps Sgt. John Kempe Winslow under legislation signed into law today.
The bill (S.3658/A.6670) sponsored by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman John Salka, R-West Edmeston, pays tribute to the decorated patriot who was killed in action during the Vietnam War in 1969.
The local soldier, a machine gunner, was assigned to Vietnam on Sept. 15, 1968, and died in an accident in Quang Tri Province the following July 30.
Today the state Senate passed legislation, proposed by State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, to rename the Hamlet of Hartwick portion of Route 205 in honor of United States Marine Corps Sergeant John Kempe Winslow.
“Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Seward. “Sergeant Winslow made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive.”
Sergeant John Kempe Winslow was a life-long resident of Hartwick and a decorated Marine who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart during his first tour. Tragically, Sergeant Winslow was killed in action on July 30, 1969.