New VA clinic may be named for Mansfield hero

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman introduced legislation Thursday to name a new Veterans Administration Community-Based Outpatient Clinic after Pfc. David F. Winder, a Malabar High School graduate who was killed while serving in the Vietnam War.

Ground will be broken June 29 on the project at 1030 Marion Ave.

"Private First Class Winder is one of the thousands of Ohioans that made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country in the Vietnam War," said Brown, a Mansfield native. "He answered the call to service, and was mortally wounded while attempting to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.

"It would be fitting to name the new Mansfield VA clinic after Richland County's only modern-day Medal of Honor winner. By doing so, we can help ensure that Pfc. Winder's exemplary service is remembered for generations to come."

Winder enlisted in 1968 and served as a senior medical aid with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 11th Infantry Brigade, American Division.

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