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Montana veteran of WWII and Korean war honored by Gianforte

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 9:18 AM Updated:

U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT) was in Hamilton on Monday to honor WWII and Korean war veteran Jack Henley.

Gianforte presented Henley with a certificate of his tribute made on the House floor back in November  

Henley joined the Army right after graduating from high school in 1943 and attended boot camp in South Carolina. After boot camp, Henley was sent to Guadalcanal.

Henley earned two Bronze Stars and was then sent to the Philippines where he led a squad of men through cannon, mortar, and automatic gunfire without losing a single man. 

He reentered the field of fire twice and saved two wounded men in the process.  Henley added a Silver Star and Purple Heart while in the Philippines.

After World War II, Henley took some time off from the military but then re-enlisted and served during the Korean War as a drill instructor. 

By the end of Henley's 28-year career, he had been awarded 18 medals and decorations and his name is included in the Hall of Valor in Washington D.C.

With all of these accolades, Rep. Gianforte says he feels this honor is well deserved: “Jack had such an exceptional story He was a member of this greatest generation We took special effort to make sure Jack was recognized for his service to our country during WWII and the Korean War.”

  • Reported by Connor McCauley/MTN News
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