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(source; Ancestry.com)

Joseph immigrated to the U.S. from Hungary at the age of 6.  He was accompanied by his mother Magdalena [1897-1974] and older brother on the SS Lapland sailing from Antwerp. Belgium to York City, NY.  Joseph, age 6 and a pre-schooler, was listed a "child" for a "calling or occupation" while his brother James, 8, had begun elementary school and was listed as a "scholar".

Their joint destination is show as Irvington, NY where Andras Wingler [1893-1981], husband and father, resided.  Andras [Andrew], then 18, had immigrated in 1912 joining his brother Johan in Manchester, CT as a farm laborer.

(source; Ancestry.com)

Andras apparently didn't arrive on time to meet his family as they were detained for a 30-minute period while he was called.

(courtesy of "Mindy")

Grave markers for Joseph P. Wingler and his spouse in the Rural Hill Cemetery, Whitehouse (Hunterdon county), New Jersey.

Joseph enlisted in the Army at Newark, NJ on 27 November 1942 and became a medic in the 509th PIR.  Pfc Wingler was transferred to the 508th on 6 February 1945 after the 509th was nearly wiped out near St. Vith Belgium in January 1945. Joseph was apparently one of some 50 men left in the unit.

Pfc Wingler was awarded the Combat Medic Badge for the Rhineland campaign from 5 Feb 1945

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