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PINKHAM, Jr., 83
LAKELAND - Alton Franklin Pinkham Jr., 83, of Lakeland Fl., formerly of Waterford and East Lyme, died at Lakeland Memorial Hospital on January 12, 2014, due to respiratory failure.
Born in New London Ct. on March 20,1930, he was the son of the late Lt. Alton F. Pinkham and Gertrude (Elkins) Pinkham. He was united in marriage September 1st 1951 at St. Joseph's Church, New London, to Colleen M. Smith. She passed away in July, 2001. He was united in marriage to Anne Rudge of East Lyme on January 3, 2004. She survives him.
Mr. Pinkham was retired from Pfizer Inc., Groton, having worked for 33 years in the SUCIAC department. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He served as a combat medic with the 8076 M*A*S*H, 45th Infantry Division, 180th Infantry Regiment. This unit was the original M*A*S*H deployed into Korea. The unit saw heavy action, including the Inchon Landing, and the Chosin Reservoir. His unit received a Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding achievement in supporting the casualties of these battles. He was awarded the Combat Medic device, Korean Service Medal with three battle stars, The United Nations Service medal, and many other campaign and service awards. He retired from the Army Reserve after 23 years of service, with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, assigned to the 340th General Hospital in New Haven Ct. He was a Communicant of St. Joseph's Church, and a member of Murphy-Ratbhurn Post #189, V.F.W. of New London.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and their wives, Gary and Susan of Colchester and Joseph and Donna of New London, and a granddaughter, Felicia Pinkham. He was predeceased by his sister, Claire Feldman, and her husband Edward of Pembroke Pines, Fl.
Funeral arrangements are private, and there are no services.
Published in Ledger from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2014