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William Mark Pribyl


ever have met, passed from this life on January
13,2016. He was 93.
Bill was born to Laura and Joseph Pribyl, June 18, 1922 in Jackson Minnesota. He was the youngest of seven children and the only boy. His father kept hoping for a hunting partner and finally got Bill.
From the time Bill could remember, he and his dad hunted pheasant and waterfowl every morning before school. This experience started him on a lifetime love of hunting and fishing.

After high school he moved to Minneapolis to live with his sister and attend machinist school. Then Word War II broke out and he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp, where he became a pilot in the 57th Fighter Group. He flew P40’s early in the war and later P47’s. He was stationed in Africa, Corsica and Italy and earned several awards including a Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf cluster and seven Air Medals. He flew 150 missions and ended his service with the rank of Captain.
He took advantage of the GI Bill and earned a bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota in Chemical Engineering. Brief jobs in Bozeman, Montana and Eugene, Oregon led him and his family to St. Helens, Oregon, where Bill managed a wood treating facility for Pope and Talbot. After that plant closed he and two others started Northwest Piling, a company that supplied processed poles and piling to the wood treating industry. The company was sold to Crown Zellerbach and Bill managed several plants for Crown until his retirement. After retirement he was asked by Weyerhaeuser to work as a consultant and designed several pole and piling operations around the northwest. Bill was highly respected in the woods products industry and developed many life long friendships with business associates.

Faith was important to Bill and he was a member of the First Lutheran Church in St. Helens for over 60 years, serving the church in countless capacities. He was a self -taught musician, blessed with a beautiful tenor voice and he sang at many weddings, funerals, and concerts well into his 70’s. He was choir director at First Lutheran for many years. He also started a children’s choir, which was good enough to be invited to sing on the local radio station.


Units served with

  • 57th Fighter Group

    57th Fighter Group

    The group was first activated as the 57th Pursuit Group in January 1941, flying P-40 Warhawks as part of the Army Air Corps Northeast Defense Sector (later assigned to the I Fighter Command) at Mitchel Field, New York. It trained in New England and...

  • 64th Fighter Squadron

    64th Fighter Squadron

    Formed as a P-40 Warhawk pursuit squadron in January 1941 as part of the Army Air Corps Northeast Defense Sector (later I Fighter Command) at Mitchel Field, New York. Trained in New England and provided air defense of the northeast after the Japanese...

Associated Place

  • Alto

    Military site : airfield

  • Grosetto

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Jackson, MN 56143, USA 18 June 1922
Died Scappoose, OR 97056, USA 13 January 2016
Buried Warren, OR, USA 21 January 2016

Bethany Memorial Cemetery
Columbia County
Oregon, USA


Date Contributor Update
20 December 2016 01:38:17 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations