Hamilton County


Capt. Albert Walter Winchell




Albert Walter ‘Walter' Winchell was born Sept. 20, 1912 to Albert S. and Stella Winchell. He died Dec. 25, 1990 and is buried in Lee Memorial Park, Fort Myers, FL.

Capt. Winchell attended school in Webster City, IA. He was a bomber pilot with Torpedo Squadron Six during World War II, based on the USS Enterprise, the most decorated ship of the Second World War. He received the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and courageous devotion to duty in the Battle of Midway.

He also served in Korea before his retirement.

Big E at Midway

Source: William T. Barr

While Scouting Six and Bombing Six circle overhead, Enterprise clears her flight deck in preparation for launching Torpedo Six, Battle of Midway, 4 June 1942. Though only four of the fourteen torpedo plane crews would return from this strike, VB-B and VS-6 would destroy two Japanese carriers (and a third later in the day).

Sources: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA