Arthur E. Pelkey
Biography: Arthur "Art" Edward Pelkey was born on Jan. 25, 1926. in Rutland, VT. He was the son of Martin Pelkey and Anna Francis McGurgan. He attended the Holyoke Trade school in Massachusetts and graduated June 18, 1944. It was only three days later that he was drafted into the Army on Jun. 21, 1944.
Service Time: Art entered the service at Ft. Devens, MA and eventually joined the 774th Tank Destroyer Battalion as a replacement on Mar. 1, 1945. He remained in the Army until 1957 when he joined the Air Force, retiring from the service in 1977. The following link is to a document, provided to me by Art Pelkey, which contains a nicely detailed history of his 33 year career in the United States Military.
Art met and married the former Anna Mae McCarthy on Sept. 18, 1948. She was the daughter of Edward J. McCarthy and Agnes B. McHale of Springfield, MA. The couple made Massachusetts their home and lived in South Hadley Falls. They had four children, Nancy born in April of 1951, Arthur Jr. in Aug. of 1955, John in Oct. of 1957 and Janice in May of 1960. Although Art made the military his career, he had other interests which included hunting, fishing, bowling and target shooting on the base teams. Art is a life member of the VFW and the NRA and a member of the American Legion, Air Force Association, Air Force Sergeants and the Retired Enlisted Associations. Art is now married to Minnie Inez Pelkey and lives in the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina.
We would like to thank Art for providing this information and for your 33 years of service to the country! The photo below shows Art and his wife Minnie going to his unit's reunion in October of 2012.