Duane Ludwig Winget
Winget, approximately 1962
Date reported missing : 02/15/1962
Missing location (approx) :
Fort Lewis, Washington
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 06/13/1938 (83)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5 - 5'7, 145 - 170 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Red hair, blue eyes. Winget wears eyeglasses.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Winget was last seen at the Fort Lewis Military Base (now named theĀ Joint Base Lewis-McChord) in Washington on February 15, 1962. He was a specialist fourth class in the Army National Guard and was participating in hand-over-hand river crossing training on a single-rope bridge six feet over the the Nisqually River.
The soldiers hooked their pistol belts over the rope, but Winget lost his grip, his belt came unbuckled, and he fell into the river. The others came to his aid, but he was swept away and past a safety rope before they could help him. He has never been heard from again and is presumed drowned.
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September 2021 updates and sources
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Washington State Missing Persons Information
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