The ‘Journalist’ of Arlington National Cemetery


JOHN VINCENT HINKEL

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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