Community mourns loss of WWII hero and longtime judge

Judge Dan Winn (from Gammage Funeral Home)

A long time judge, accomplished author, and World War II hero is being remembered this week after he died on Tuesday. He was 94.

According to his obituary, Judge Winn was born in Douglasville, Georgia, on September 19, 1921.

He entered the military service as a Naval Aviation Cadet in November 1942 and graduated as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Air Corps. His active duty ended December 1945 as a 1st Lieutenant.

He obtained the rank of Major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

During World War II he deployed to the Marianas Islands and flew night fighter missions out of Guam.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals.

In 2007, he was presented the Joe T LaBoon Award “In recognition of his many years of Exemplary Service to the Marine Corps Community” by the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Greater Atlanta.

He served as District Attorney and Superior Court Judge for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit, among several other posts.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016, at eleven o’clock in the morning at First United Methodist Church, Cedartown, Georgia.

His family will receive friends from five o’clock until eight o’clock on Friday, May 20, 2016, at Gammage Funeral Home, Cedartown, Georgia.

A private interment service will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.