*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.
November 11th is Veterans’ Day. On this day, we remember and honor those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces and those who died. It became a national holiday on 1938; however, originally known as Armistice Day, celebrating the armistice in World War 1 until 1954, when the name of the holiday was changed (Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, 2017). Today, we honor an Evansville-native and Vietnam War veteran: Rick Winters.
Born on September 6, 1949 in Marion, Kentucky, Winters attended and graduated from Bosse High School in 1967. He served in the Vietnam War as a Marine in the TACP 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, as a forward air controller. After the war, he attended the University of Southern Indiana (then known as Indiana State University-Evansville) and graduating with a bachelors’ degree in political science. Winters was active in numerous veteran organizations such as the Vanderburgh Veterans Council, VFW #1114, American Legion Post #8 and many more. Winters past away on September 10, 2015 (“Rickey Winters”, 2017).
Though he is gone, his memory lives on in the wonderful materials in his collection. Rick was an avid collector and amateur historian in his own right. Over the years, he donated to the University Archives and Special Collections his personal collection of USWA wrestling programs, yearbooks, photographs, and many other items. On the Rice Library Digital Gallery, his personal letters and photographs from Vietnam are available online. The University Archives and Special Collections has other collections from war veterans such as the Louis Puster, Roy Kennedy, Kenneth McCutchan, and many more.
Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica (2017, July 14). Veterans’ Day. Retrieved on November 9, 2017, from https://www.britannica.com/topic/Veterans-Day
Rickey Winters (2017). Retrieved on November 9, 2017, from http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/courierpress/obituary.aspx?pid=175810022