Tom Hinshaw Jr.
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Tom Hinshaw Jr.

Tom V. Hinshaw Jr.
Born 1910s.
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Died 1990s.
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Tom Hinshaw Jr. served in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II
Service started: 1941
Unit(s): 301st Air Depot Group
Service ended: 1946


Tom Hinshaw Jr. has Irish ancestors.
Tom Hinshaw Jr. was a Pennsylvanian.

Thomas Vestal Hinshaw was born Apr 8 1917, Millstadt, St. Clair County, Illinois, son of Vestal_Thomas_Hinshaw and Alice_Georgia_Hopkins.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

In 1940 Thomas worked at a gas station in Hazelwood, Pennsylvania, owned by Frank Sargo. There was a softball field next to the gas station, where in 1941 he met his future wife Helen_Ann_Blaha, who was playing short stop in the game.[3]

On Dec 20 1941 Thomas Hinshaw, Jr., enlisted at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a private in the Army Air Corps. He declared he had four years of high school, was single, without dependents, and employed as a "gas and oil man". He was recorded as 66" tall, 130 lbs.[11]

During World War II Thomas served in China and India Burma as a Technical Sargent at Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron 301st Air Depot Group, where his group was involved with the building of the Burma Road. He received the

  • American Theater Ribbon
  • Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze stars
  • Good Conduct Ribbon
  • The Victory Medal

He had a Driver and Mechanics Badge and was a Pistol Marksman.[1]

He married Helen Ann Blaha, Feb 18 1943.[3] Helen, daughter of Michael_Blaha and Maria_Zachar, was born Apr 27 1922, Pennsylvania.[1][4][6][9][10][12] Together they had 2 children:

  • Janice Lee b. 1944 d. 2011
  • Sharon Ann b. 1950

Thomas received an Honorable Discharge from the Army of the United States on January 5 1946, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Thomas also enlisted in the U.S. Army Standby Reserve on March 10, 1949, and served until October 5, 1952.[1]

After being discharged, he worked at Fikes Bus Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, until it closed in 1962. The family then moved to Newark, California in 1962. Thomas found employment with Peterbilt Motors Co. in 1963, where he worked as a journeyman mechanic/tester. He retired from Peterbilt in 1979.[3]

Thomas was a 36 year veteran of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.[1]

Thomas Vestal Hinshaw died Aug 1 1999, Pleasanton Convalescent Hospital, Pleasanton, Alameda County, California; age 82. Medical: Thomas died from cancer.[1][4][5][9][10]

Tom was cremated and was given a Military funeral. He is buried Section C-17 Site 11, San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 West McCabe Road, Santa Nella Village, Merced County, California.[1][4][9][10]


  • death certificate from Sharon Hinshaw-Payne Hinshaw-676
  • 2. Contribution from Sharon Ann Hinshaw-Payne Hinshaw-676
  • 3. Contribution from Sharon Hinshaw-Payne citing: Interview with Thomas Vestal Hinshaw.
  • 7. 1930 census, 15th Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; roll T626-1979, ED 250, page 8A-8B, line #86, dwelling #110-111, family #119-120.
  • 8. 1940 census, 15th Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; roll T627-3664, ED 69-432, page 9A, line #31, household #170.
  • 12. 1940 census, 4361 Irvine Street, 15th Ward, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; roll T627-3664, ED 69-424, page 4B, line #64, household #78.

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