Investigator William Honkala

Investigator William Honkala

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol Tax Unit, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, March 7, 1948

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William Honkala

Investigator William Honkala succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle crash two days earlier on Route 17 in Waverly, New York, while traveling there from Binghamton to conduct an investigation.

He was attempting to pass a slow-moving vehicle when the vehicle suddenly pulled in front of him. As he attempted to pull back into his lane he struck a culvert and then a large tree. He was transported to the local hospital where he died two days later.

Investigator Honkala was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WWI and WWII. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and mother.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location New York
  • Incident Date Friday, March 5, 1948

routine driving

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Investigator Honkala,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces-especially during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 7, 2024

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