Jack Thomas Pink, 76, a retired Army Brigadier General who was a decorated veteran of three wars, died January 1, 1998at his home in Melbourne, Florida, after a heart attack. He had lived in Annandale before moving to Florida in 1991.
He began his military career with the Army Air Forces in World War II, serving as a navigator aboard B-17 “Flying Fortress” bombers in Europe.
He was an Army platoon leader with the 19th Infantry in Korea during the conflict there.
In 1968 and 1969, he served in Vietnam, where he was secretary to two Army generals and Vietnam forces commanders, William Westmoreland and Creighton Abrams.
General Pink, who was born in Rochester, New York, was a graduate of Bucknell University. Between World War II and the Korean War, he attended college and worked in his family's foundry business. After returning to uniform, he received a master's degree in business administration from Syracuse University and graduated from the Command and Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania., and Harvard University's advanced business course.
In addition to his wartime posts, he served as military attache in Paris from 1959 to 1962. His last assignment, before retiring from active duty in 1974, was with Army personnel in Alexandria.
After retiring from active duty, he was a consultant until retiring altogether in the early 1980s. He had worked for the Planning Research Corp. (PRC) in Northern Virginia.
General Pink's military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit and two awards of the Bronze Star.
He had been a member of the Army Navy Country Club, the Retired Officers Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
His first wife, the former Elaine Otto Trimby, died in 1980. Survivors include his wife, Klara Evanova Pink of Melbourne; three children from his first marriage, Judith Pink Wilson of Fairfax Station, Richard Trimby Pink of Suisun City, Calif., and Ronald Trimby Pink of Magnolia, Del.; a sister, Beverly Pink Reynolds of Fairport, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
He is buried in Section 5 of Arlington National Cemetery.
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