Decorated veteran Homer Farley during World War II, left, and at home in 2011.
Decorated veteran Homer Farley during World War II, left, and at home in 2011.
By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Decorated veteran Homer Farley dies

Homer Farley, a decorated veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, died Sunday, March 1. A resident of Amity, he was 93.

Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the chapel of Macy & Son Funeral Directors, McMinnville.

Farley, a native of Kentucky, served in the Civilian Conservation Corps before joining the Army.

In World War II, he fought in North Africa with Gen. George Patton's 3rd Army. Then his company headed into Europe via Sicily, fighting its way through mainland Italy and the France.

Farley was wounded for the first time during hand-to-hand combat. A bayonet went through his left hand.

After recovering in England, he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, "The Big Red One." Its members were in the first wave to hit Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

He came home with numerous service awards, including more battle and campaign ribbons than he cared to count, along with two silver stars, four bronze stars, two purple hearts and several good conduct medals.

He earned his third Purple Heart in Korea. After serving stateside for the rest of the 1950s, assigned to the Air Force's Aircraft Control and Warning squadron, he shipped out to Saigon as the U.S. became involved in Vietnam.

Farley retired as a sergeant major in 1964. He had spent 15 of his 25 military years overseas.

While he was officially in the Army throughout his career, he was attached to the Marines for two years, to the Air Force for six years and to the Navy "enough that I thought I was one of 'em," he said in a 2011 News-Register interview.

His post-military career took him to Stanford University, where he worked on radar projects with the Defense Nuclear Association.

After retiring for good, he and his wife, Lillian, moved to Yamhill County to be near one of their four children, Steve.

Farley was active in local veterans groups, including the American Legion and Band of Brothers. He and his wife were regulars for breakfast at the Vets Club.

He also spoke frequently to school groups, telling them, "Don't give up. Hang in there and get that education. You'll pay later if you don't." When Memorial Elementary School named its hallways in honor of veterans, Homer Farley Street was on the map.

In October 2013, he and several other local veterans joined the Honor Flight of Oregon for a trip to Washington, D.C. He said touring the WWII Memorial and other monuments was a highlight of his life.

He was especially impressed by the perfect unison and sharp lines of the guards at Arlington National Cemetery, and by how they saluted the Honor Flight group.

"It's only the World War II vets who get this salute thanking us for all we've done," he said in a 2013 News-Register interview. "It was beautiful."

Comments

Charlie

Godspeed Sargeant Major Farley! Thank you for your dedication to our country!

Dog Lover

Thank you for your service and rest in peace.. We are forever in your debt.

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