Paul was born on Jan. 16, 1921, to Pablita Pacheco (nee Fresquez) and Leopoldo Pacheco in his parents’ home in Arabela, N.M. Pablita and Leopoldo had both survived their first spouses who died in the flu pandemic of 1918. Pablita, a widow, had two young children, Cleo and George, by her first marriage, when she married Leopoldo, a widower. They had three more children, the oldest of whom was Paul, then Sally, and Marie. Paul’s early childhood was spent playing, exploring, and working in the pastures and sheep camps of his father’s vast ranch, where he maintained a herd of several thousand sheep. The family also had a home in Roswell, N.M. Both his parents valued education and Paul began his schooling when he was only 4 years old, attending a one-room adobe school house close to their home, subsequently attending elementary and high school in Roswell. He graduated from NMMI in 1941, and eventually received his BA from Notre Dame University in 1943.
After graduating from Notre Dame, he was drafted and served in the infantry in World War II. He entered the European theater, where he fought in France and Germany, Login to read more