Antoine Eugene Wintzer was born on September 16, 1918 in West Grove, Pennsylvania to C.R. and Bessie Wintzer. Antoine was one of seven children.
Antoine attended Central High School, where he became of the Avon Grove football team.
Antoine entered service in the National Guard September 16, 1940. He received basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the advanced training at Camp Blanding, Florida, and Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant and spent two years training new recruits.