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.
Andras apparently didn't arrive on time to meet his
family as they were detained for a 30-minute period while he was called.
Grave markers for Joseph P. Wingler and
his spouse in the Rural Hill Cemetery, Whitehouse (Hunterdon county),
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