Final Salute: Duaine “Pinky” Pinkston

Duaine Pinkston

Farewell to a Hero

World War II Veteran, Duaine “Pinky” Pinkston, a Medic with the 82nd Airborne, passed away last Saturday.  I interviewed Pinky earlier this year while he was staying in Tampa, Florida for the winter.

His oral history interview was the centerpiece for my panel presentations this year at the Midwest World History Association annual conference and the Oral History Association annual conference.

We first met in 2014 during the 508 P.I.R. Reunion in Dallas, Texas.  Pinky was a kind-hearted gentle soul who saved many lives as a Medic, and he will be missed by all those who knew him.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Duaine Pinkston service photo

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About Patrick Russell

Director and oral historian for the Making History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Veteran stories for future generations. Resides in Miami, Florida, where he is a full-time mediator and has been a practicing lawyer since 1994. Proudly serves as a staff member for the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, in addition to being a member of the Oral History Association, American Historical Association; Friends and Family of the 508 P.I.R.; and the Battle of the Bulge Association. Graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in Political Science, and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Additional courses and workshops for oral history and museum studies have been taken at Baylor University and Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. Contact info: (305) 608-2977 or

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