News From The Men Serving In The Armed
Forces of Uncle Sam
FEB. 4, 1945 — Sgt Foy E. Pribble,
former student at Texas Technological college, reported missing
in action after the fall of the Philippines in 1942, has written
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Pribble of Hobbs, N. M., from a
Japanese prison camp, at Osaka, Japan, that he is well and very
much alive. A cousin, E. T. Pribble, lives at 1901 Twenty-sixth.
Sgt. Pribble wrote that he had received last May a package
mailed to him in August of 1943. He requested certain foods,
peanut butter, honey, powdered milk, canned meats, dried fruits
and candy. He also asked for sulfa drugs and other medicines. A
brother of the prisoner, Pfc. Iris Pribble, is stationed in the
Aleutians. Irish also is a former Tech student. The brothers own
a floral shop in Hobbs, now managed by their mother. Mr. Pribble
carried a rural mail route out of Hamlin but spends much of his
time in Hobbs.
SS Hobbs Victory Is Launched at
SAN FRANCISCO, JAN. 10, 1945 — The SS
Hobbs Victory, named for the New Mexico oil city, was
launched at the Henry J. Kaiser Yard No. 2, with Mrs. L.
B. Pribble of Hobbs as sponsor.
Flower girls were Virginia and Stella
Quintana, both of Santa Fe, who now are working in the
On April 6, 1945, while anchored in
the Kerama Islands, southwest of Okinawa, the SS Hobbs
Victory was hit by a Kamikaze. The initial fires were
extinguished, but several hours later, the ship, which
had been carrying 6,000 tons of ammunition for American
troops on Okinawa, exploded.
The Hobbs Victory was preceded by the
SS Clovis Victory and the SS Taos Victory.
Both Pribble boys survived the war. Foy
Pribble, had been held at an Osaka area camp, but was moved to
the Nagoya area camp Jinzu Iwase, and was liberated there on
September 5, 1945. He died in California in 1965. Iris Pribble
died in Hobbs in 1966. Cora Pribble outlived both her sons. She
died in 1976.
The Clovis Victory was sponsored by
the wife of the 200th Coast Artillery's
Henry Max Miller of
Clovis, New Mexico, in July 1944. Major Miller was lost
in the sinking of the Shinyo Maru September 7, 1944. The
Clovis Victory spent nearly the entire month of April
1945 off the coast of Okinawa before safely returning to
San Francisco. She was scrapped in 1972.
The wife of the 200th's
Jack Boyer of Taos,
New Mexico, was originally named as the sponsor of the Taos
Victory, and was still named as sponsor two weeks before Mrs.
Frank Seaver of Los Angeles christened the ship in December
1944. Major Boyer survived the war. He died in 1989.
In the fall of 1945, the Taos Victory delivered 2,000 French
troops to Vietnam. She was (temporarily?) transferred to the Transport
Ministry, London, and in February 1946, delivered UK and
Australian troops to Japan. She also evacuated British troops
from Palestine. Sold in 1948 and converted into a passenger ship,
she was renamed Lismoria. Sold again in 1966 and
renamed Neon, she was scrapped in 1967.
<-- SS Taos Victory as the passenger ship, SS Lismoria, Donaldson Line Ltd.