Juneau's Archie Van Winkle memorial recently was recognized with a certificate of commendation by the Commission of Military and Veterans Affairs and Gov. Tony Knowles.
The memorial, which stands near the Mount Roberts Tram, received the certificate Aug. 25 in Anchorage during a display of the Moving Vietnam Memorial. It was signed and presented by Maj. Gen. Phillip Oates and Knowles, and is only the fifth such state certificate to be awarded, said Pat Carothers of Juneau, chairman of the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council.
Van Winkle served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean conflict. He is the only Alaska-born recipient of the Medal of Honor. The memorial to him was dedicated on Alaska Day in 1997.
Carothers was a close friend of the late Van Winkle, who died in Ketchikan but was born and raised in Juneau.
"We enlisted together and got our commissions for action in Korea together. His kids and my kids were raised together," Carothers said.
The citation states Van Winkle's memorial is "a source of inspiration to youth about the meaning of patriotism" and "a reminder of sacrifices made by veterans" as well as a documentation of "the history of Alaska and our nation."
In recognition of the certificate, a bronze plaque will be added to the memorial.
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