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Lt. Col. John A. Herschkorn, Jr.

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Lt. Col. John A. Herschkorn, Jr. 94, of San Jose, California passed away Friday, February 9, 2018. He was born June 23, 1923 in Bronx, NY to John and Ethel Herschkorn. He was preceded in death by both his mother and father and two wives, Rosemary Herschkorn and Gloria Herschkorn. He is survived by his twin sisters, Harriet Hanlon of Chesterbrook, PA., and Phyllis Johnson of Thornwood, NY.
He is also survived by his four children: daughter Haroldeane Harty of Albuquerque and her sons, Craig Harty of Calgary, Canada and Christopher Harty of Albuquerque; daughter Rosemarie Davis of Albuquerque and her children Eric Davis, Robin Davis, Amy Davis all of Albuquerque and Ryan Davis of San Francisco ; daughter Jacqueline Hewett and her husband Bud Hewett of Roswell, NM and their daughters Jessica Hewett of Conroe, TX and Cheyenne Hewett of Albuquerque; son John Herschkorn of Albuquerque and his children, daughter Candace Herschkorn, daughter Tegan Lavato, son Jordan Herschkorn and daughter Riley Herschkorn all of Albuquerque. Jack also has eight great-grandchildren.
Jack grew up in New York City, NY and attended high school there. He learned trumpet and guitar from some very well-known musicians in New York City and went on to become a very talented musician in his own right. He played in the Bay Area of California for 38 years with many bands. He played in his last years with the Lyratones, a big band and the Dixie Six, a small jazz band. He played trumpet, guitar, bass, banjo, keyboards and trombone. He was also a very talented singer with these groups.
Jack joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 during World War II. He became a pilot and flew in the air combat theater from 1942 to 1945. He flew B-17’s and C-47’s and flew at least 49 combat missions in the war. He served in Vietnam in 1962-1963 as a C-47 pilot with the South Vietnamese Air Force as an advisor and flight safety officer. He was part of a group dubbed the “Dirty Thirty” while in Vietnam. After Vietnam he was the flight safety officer and flew C-130’s for astronauts in the NASA program while stationed at Patrick AFB from 1963-1967. He flew splashdown missions with Apollo and Gemini as a spotter for the capsules. He actually did spot the two astronauts in the Gemini capsule.
Jack was also involved with the San Francisco Giants baseball team for over 20 years. He was a “ball dude” and participated in fantasy camps and their community fund golf tournaments and auctions. He was an avid bowler for years and continued bowling until his passing. Jack was a Mason for 60 years and also a Shriner.
His memorial service and interment, with full military honors will be held on Friday, March 9 at 12 noon at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, NM.

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