Senator Pam Helming has recognized Victor resident Kenneth W. Winkler as the 54th District’s inductee into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame for 2023. Winkler, who has an extensive 22-year career in the U.S. military, notably served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and later joined the Army as a Huey helicopter pilot.
Winkler’s distinguished service includes missions in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Germany, earning him numerous military honors. Notably, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on February 28, 1971, for heroic actions in Laos, along with four Bronze Stars, 34 Air Medals, and three Meritorious Service Medals. His commitment to service extended beyond active duty, as he has been a dedicated member of the American Legion-James Cooke Post 931 for over two decades.
Senator Helming praised Winkler for his dedication, stating, “Ken Winkler is a true patriot who served our nation with unwavering courage and commitment.” Winkler’s post-military life continued to reflect his service ethos, actively participating in veteran’s affairs and community service. His induction into the Hall of Fame is a testament to his contributions and the respect he has earned within the veteran community and beyond.
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