Herbert Guy Pinckley Jr.
Dec. 12, 1916-March 8, 2013
Herbert Guy Pinckley Jr., 96, resident of Farmington since 1955, went peacefully home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, March 8, 2013 in Albuquerque. He was born to Herbert Sr. and Mayfel Pinckley and raised in bayou country near Colfax, La.; the third of nine children.
After high school, Herbert enlisted in the Army
AirCorp in 1942, during WWII
and served until 1945. Enroute from San Francisco to the Luzon, Philippines Islands; the USS Cape San Juan was torpedoed and sank by a Japanese submarine in the Pacific Ocean. After a long fierce battle, he was rescued 48 hours later while hanging onto a raft with others in shark infested waters. Herbert was awarded four bronze stars
and Purple Heart
Medal and went on to liberate the Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea and South Philippines Luzon Islands from Japanese occupation. Then he was given orders to invade Japan. Enroute, the atomic bombs were dropped and the war was over!
Upon honorable discharge, Herbert married Jessie, a beautiful cajun queen and loving wife of 67 years. He graduated with an agricultural engineering degree from Southwestern University in Lafayette, La. Worked for Dow Chemical (Dowell) in Texas and New Mexico, then retired after 35 years.
Herbert and Jessie had five children, Jeffrey Neal (deceased 1954), Guy and wife, Nancy (four children), of Farmington, Joseph Jeff, (three children, five grandchildren), of Albuquerque, Byron (deceased 1981) and Ellen Stewart (four children), of Albuquerque .
He was preceded in death by siblings Tom, Jeff, Webster and Catherine.
Herbert is survived by Mark (89), Ruth (87), Mary (83), and Vernon (81) all of Louisiana.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at St. Mary's Catholic Church on 20th St. in Farmington.
Military Honors Ceremony will be 2 p.m. in Memory Gardens, 6917 E. Main St. in Farmington.