Arthur E. Pelkey
Biography: Arthur "Art" Edward Pelkey was born on Jan. 25, 1926, in Rutland, Vermont. He was the son of Martin Pelkey and Anna Francis McGurgan. He attended the Holyoke Trade school in Massachusetts and graduated on June 18, 1944. Three days later he was drafted into the Army on June 21st.
Service Time: Art entered the service at Ft. Devens, MA and was eventually assigned to the 774th Tank Destroyer Battalion as a replacement on March 1, 1945. He remained in the Army until 1957, when he joined the Air Force, He retired from the military in 1977, after 33 years. The following link is to a document, provided to me by Art Pelkey, which contains a nicely detailed history of Art's military career.
After the war, Art met and married the former Anna Mae McCarthy on September 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. The new couple would have four children, Nancy born in 1951, Arthur Jr., born in 1955, John born in 1957, and Janice born in 1960.
Although Art made the military his career, he had other interests, which included hunting, fishing, bowling and target shooting on the military base teams. Art was a life member of the VFW and the NRA and also a member of the American Legion, Air Force Association, Air Force Sergeants and the Retired Enlisted Associations. Art later married Minnie Inez and lived in the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina.
Art passed away on April 22, 2017, and was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. We would like to thank Art for providing the information for this tribute as well as the unit history shown on this site. We also want to thank him for 33 years of service to our country!
The photo below shows Art and his wife, Minnie, going to his unit's reunion in October of 2012.