Howard Boyd HenryMajor
VMO-2, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
18 February 1933 - 12 November 1969
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The database page for Howard Boyd Henry
Known to all as "Hank Henry" call sign "Hostage PaPa"
In a previous tour in 1966 he received recognition for being the first helicopter pilot to chase down and force the surrender of a Viet Cong.
He was killed in action 11/12/69 while flying an AH-1G Cobra. His helicopter was hit by VC fire and crash landed. He assisted his weapons officer (Joseph Lofton) out of the helicopter and while they were moving away from the downed craft they were hit by the rotor, killing both instantly.
Placed by his eldest son,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 12 November 1969 a patrol from 3rd Platoon, Delta 1/7 Marines encountered a dug-in NVA company on the north-facing slopes of the Que Son Mountains south of An Hoa. The Marines were caught in the open and were pinned in place by mortar and machinegun fire, taking cover in bomb craters and amongst the stubble of dry rice paddies. Air support was called in to help the infantrymen.
What happened next is described by one of the Cobra gunship pilots and is taken from the Pop-A-Smoke site:
Six Marines died in the engagement:
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
his eldest son,
Howard B. (Skip) Henry, Jr.
12614 182nd Ave S E, Snohomish, Wa. 98290
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 5 Jan 2004
Last updated 10/01/2006