The ‘Journalist’ of Arlington National Cemetery


Section 7A of Arlington National Cemetery is one of the smaller areas just below the Tomb of the Unknowns, but it certainly has a number of famous folks. Joe Louis, Pappy Boyington and Lee Marvin were buried just steps apart.

Then I saw a stone that said “Journalist” on the back. Well, since I’ve been a journalist since 1978 I walked over to see who it was.

John Vincent Hinkel was a U.S. Army colonel who died in 1986 at age 82. He was a newspaper man and public relations counselor who was a constant lecturer at the cemetery and wrote “Arlington: Monument to Heroes” in 1965. Hinkel was also president of the Society of Natives of the District of Columbia.

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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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