Born in Forest City, Missouri and educated in California Allan Hinkle volunteered for the U.S. Navy during the war in Vietnam. Before the war, he earned an AA degree from Diablo Valley College, a BA degree from University of California, at Chico and finally a DDS degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at San Francisco. In the mid-1960s the military was in great need of dentists and physicians, and more than 25% of his class of 40 entered the military. Dr. Hinkle chose the U.S. Navy and in July of 1966 received orders to Camp Pendleton, CA. With 125,000 acres, 17 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, and thousands of Marines and Sailors to take care of.
The Vietnam War was heating up and the Corps was building another division to add to the war effort. Built in a little over a year, the Fifth Division would soon have 19,000 men and women, with about 100 dentists to take care of them. The U.S. Navy provides all dental and medical care for the Navy and Marine Corps, and Dr. Hinkle treated over 5000 Marines and Sailors during two years at Camp Pendleton.
While at Camp Pendleton, Dr. Hinkle was assigned to Edson Rifle Range, part of Weapons Training Battalion, where he also served as Range Officer.
After active duty, he moved his wife and young son to Spokane. Soon, he started a dental practice in the Spokane Valley.
Tom Starr was pastor at Valley Fourth Church and had started Valley Christion School. Dr. Hinkle served on the school board and sons’ Daniel and Erik attended classes. Dr. Hinkle, his wife and mother all became members of Valley Fourth Church in the early 1990s, where he served as trustee and usher for many years.