Command Sergeant Major Walter D. Winborn

18 November 1919 - 18 November 2006

Walter Dean Winborn was born November 18, 1919 to Mabel Fanny Schwimley and John Thomas Winborn at their farm in Sharon Township, Johnson County, Iowa. Walter attended the one-room Hartsock School and graduated from the Sharon Center High School prior to taking agricultural studies at Iowa State University. On June 4, 1940 in Kahoka, Missouri, he married Jeannette Hughes to whom he was married for 63 years until her death in 2002.

They farmed in Iowa from 1939 until 1945 at which time Walter enlisted in the United States Army. During WWII from 1942 -1945, he was a member of "C" Company, 1st Regiment of the Iowa State Guard. Walter served in the U.S. Army for 23 years retiring at the rank of Sergeant Major in 1968. During his service years, Walter was stationed over seas in Germany, Thailand, Panama and Korea. His family joined him on all of these posting, with the exception of Korea. Stateside assignments included time in Massachusetts, Iowa, Colorado, California, and Kansas.

After retirement, Walter began a second career employed at Kemper Military School and College in Boonville, MO from 1968-1985 where he was an instructor in the Junior ROTC Military Department and the rifle team coach. During this time, he and Jeannette owned and operated a singer Sewing Machine shop in Booneville where Walter serviced and repaired sewing machines. After selling the store, Walter set up shop in their garage and continued taking care of sewing machines for his loyal customers.

Sergeant Major Winborn is best remembered by cadets who he coached in rifle. His skill and coaching ability placed no fewer than two of his students on US Olympic team tryouts and consistently won title after title and trophy after trophy for the school. Sergeant Major Winborn was instrumental in devising a system of peer review for leadership within the Corps.


“Sadly missed by cadets and fellow faculty of Kemper Military School”