JAMES "JIM" WINTERS, 63, of
Waipahu, died May 31, 2003. Born in Lawrence, Mass. Retired U.S. Army colonel and artist. Survived
by mother, Mary; brothers, Robert and Paul; and sister, Geri Anderson. Service
Saturday at Tripler Army Medical Center Chapel, D Wing 3rd floor. Committal
service Monday at NationalMemorialCemetery of the Pacific. In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to one's favorite charity. Condolences may be sent to Mary Winters,
4 Princeton Ave., Andover,
MA01810. Arrangements by Moanalua Mortuary.
Thursday, June 5, 2003
Memorial services will be held
on Saturday, 7 June 2003 at 1100 hrs at Tripler Army Medical Center Chapel,
reception to follow. Burial will be on Monday 9 June 2003 at 0830 hrs at the
Punch Bowl Cemetery, check in at the Visitor Center no later that 0815.
family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made to "Lilly Adcock
Education Fund" Lily Adcock c/o Geri Anderson, 14 Lilian Terrace, Andover, MA
01810 or to the charity of your choice. Condolence/sympathy cards may be sent
to: Jim Winters Family, c/o Mrs. Mary Winters, 4 Princeton Avenue, Andover, MA
you came into my life during plebe year like a brash, young colt. You were
high energy, fun and so very young-of course, Joe Maio and I were so old, I
guess, in comparison-we had both been in the Army for more than four years
-Joe was airborne with tattoos, and I was a ranger and had already been
commissioned-and here you were-our roommate, 17 and fresh out of...a prep
school? It was, at the outset, an unlikely marriage-but it turned out
great. You were a terrific help to me as soon as I became 'man overboard'
with math turnouts- and I will always appreciate your help in those dark
days. You learned about the Army a lot faster than I was able to learn why
you liked the song "Boanie Maroni" (sp). I also remember that you had a
dream about Micronesia. I never heard about the islands until you spoke of
them in such glowing terms- you made them seem magical - I hope that you
were able to get there.
regret not seeing you more in these later years. I do remember, with
fondness, your visit to my house in Leavenworth when I was in bootstrap and
you were at CGSC. In closing, Jim - I respect you for the man you became
and your strong faith in God. I shall miss you and that wonderful laugh!
Besides-don't forget you ended up outranking both me and Joe! Now, really,
Jim - back in the day who would have thought that would ever happen?
John D. Purdy, June 6, 2003
Taps Memorial Article:
James M. Winters 1961
23630-1961 | May 31, 2003 | Died in Honolulu, HI
Michael Winters was born in Lawrence, MA, the second of four children of Gerald
J. and Mary A. Winters. The family moved a short distance away to Andover, MA
when Jim was young. He attended school there and was the salutatorian of his
class at Punchard High School. Although schools in the Ivy League and Notre Dame
had accepted Jim’s application for admission, he chose to attend West Point and
entered the Academy with the Class of 1961.
Jim brought warmth,
a sly sense of humor and a distinctively Bostonian accent to our class. We knew
that Jim was well qualified academically and also that he was an excellent
swimmer. (Later we learned that Jim, when stationed in Hawaii, would swim
considerably long distances in the Pacific.) What we did not know was that he
was an artist and had declined a full scholarship to the Boston Museum School of
Fine Arts to become a plebe with the rest of us. Jim was one of the youngest men
in the class, and he had to grow up on the run like many of us did. Jim dated
often and set-up many of his classmates with the girlfriends of his own dates!
He was likely a Mrs. Holland favorite. As an upperclassman, Jim enjoyed trips to
New York City, where he would attend a variety of rock-and-roll concerts and
shows. He particularly enjoyed Alan Freed’s “Rock-and-Roll Party,” a popular
show of the 1950s based in Manhattan.
Jim often talked of
going Ranger and Airborne upon graduation, and that was exactly what he did. For
his first assignment, and one of his choosing, Jim went to Korea and joined the
First Cavalry Division. Upon returning from Korea in 1963, his next duty station
was Fort Bliss, TX. From 1964 to 1966, Jim would perform a variety of duties at
Bliss, as well as attending the Air Defense School here. Jim served in Vietnam
from 1967 to 1968, earning a Bronze Star and two Air Medals. After his return
from Vietnam, Jim became seriously ill and was hospitalized for six months.
Years later, Jim earned his MS in social work and psychology, which had long
been his goal.
In 1972, while he
was stationed in Germany, Jim was afforded the opportunity to counsel U.S.
soldiers there who were suffering from a variety of psychological illnesses. His
ability to listen intently and non-judgmentally and his compassionate nature and
desire to “heal” were recognized and appreciated immediately.
career was his number one priority; however, his early interest in art was
rekindled when he visited many museums and art galleries. Stateside, he gained
an appreciation for American arts and crafts as well. At Fort Leavenworth, KS in
1972, while attending the Command and General Staff College, Jim lived across
the river in Missouri. Here he would discover many “treasures,” especially
antique farm implements and tools of the region that, when displayed in his
home, made for great conversation.
From 1976 to 1978,
Jim was the PMS at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. When time allowed, he
would hike along the nearby Spokane River. He also enjoyed visiting the city’s
many parks and trails and its beautiful Peugeot Sound. His next assignment, at
Fort Knox, KY, was as the CO of a training battalion. He was assigned to the
Pentagon soon after, and in 1983 he attended the Army War College in Carlisle,
from the War College, Colonel Winters was assigned to the United States Pacific
Command at Camp H.M. Smith, HI. This assignment afforded him, in an official
capacity, the opportunity to counsel and support Army units based in Hawaii,
Truk Lagoon, and Saipan, where there was a U.S. military presence. At his
retirement in 1988, Jim was awarded the Legion of Merit. He remained in Hawaii
and continued to serve the needs of the community and those of the indigent
Hawaiians as a therapist in the Community Mental Health Center. In September
1992, Jim joined other civilian groups that descended upon the Kauai as “First
Responders” when Hurricane Iniki ravaged the island and incurred three billion
dollars in damages. Here he would provide much needed help to its traumatized
residents. He was involved here for months in this humanitarian endeavor.
faith was a great source of strength in times of disaster and throughout his
life. While on active duty and as a retiree, Jim served for 20 years as a
Eucharist minister at Tripler Army Hospital. He would also become a “godfather”
to many children of both his classmates and other close friends. Jim always
remembered these children on special occasions, often with a gift he created.
During his time in Oahu, and especially after he retired, Jim devoted his time
to the perfection of his craft as a potter. Many of his works were appreciated
for their beauty and simplicity, while others were recognized for the complexity
of the work and its message. He also served as a teacher to those who had newly
discovered their own artistic talent and looked for his guidance. This would
prove to be one of the happiest times of his life. He received praise for his
work and was highly regarded by the art community. His art was exhibited in
several one-man shows. He continued to work at his craft until he died on May
31, 2003 as a result of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Jim is deeply
missed by those of us who knew him. He exemplified the very best of the men of
the United States Military Academy. May he Rest in Peace.
— John Fischer, Geraldine Anderson, and Judith Kremer