September 13, 1917 (Brooklyn, NY) – June 27, 1944; 26 years old
Married to the former Janice Marie Sanderson (1919-2004) June 21, 1941, in Norwalk, Connecticut
One daughter, Jane Marie Henry (1943-)
Last local address: 6 Fremont Place, Norwalk
Enlisted September 8, 1941
Service number: O-1013072
Unit: 1st Armored Division, 13th Armored Regiment

Born to Charles E. (1866-1938) and Harriet S. Ousterhoud Henry (1876-1950). Three brothers, John A. (1895-1918) [died of wounds received in France during World War I], Joseph W. (1897-1901), and Charles E. (1915-1950). Two sisters, Helen M. Henry McLaughlin (1898-1985) and Mabel L. (1902-?).

Awarded the Purple Heart Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters (3-time recipient).

From The Norwalk Hour July 18, 1944

Mrs. Janice Sanderson Henry, R.N. of 9 Byington Place received a telegram yesterday from the War Department, notifying her of the death of her husband, Captain Lewis George Henry, in a section of Italy on June 27. Captain Henry was with the First Armored Division (Tank Corps) and had been overseas for nearly 18 months. He participated in the African campaign and was wounded in the Battle of Mateur, for which he received the Purple Heart Medal. Early in June, on the advance on Rome, as a lieutenant, he took over the command when his Captain was seriously wounded. He was also slightly wounded, and in his last letter home (written four weeks ago and received recently) he said he had been promoted from First Lieutenant to Captain. Captain Henry had also been decorated with the Oak Leaf Cluster. He was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky for the greater part of his training following his entry into the service on September 8, 1941. He had been employed prior to that time at the American Machine and Foundry Company in Bridgeport. Besides his wife, who is a graduate nurse in the School of Nursing of the Norwalk General Hospital, Captain Henry is survived by a baby daughter, Jane Marie, who will be one year old on August 29 and whom he had never seen; also by his mother, Mrs. Charles E. Henry of Brooklyn, NY; a sister, Mrs. William Loftus of Fremont Place, this city, and by a brother, Sergeant Charles E. Henry Jr., of the Army, who is stationed in South Carolina and is now home on furlough. Before Captain Henry was born, his mother’s oldest son paid the supreme sacrifice in World War 1 as a member of the 69th Regiment. Mrs. Henry is the daughter of Arthur Sanderson of Stamford and of the late Mrs. Mae McGrath Sanderson, a native of Danbury. She is the niece of Miss Anna McGrath, a nurse of New Canaan and of Thomas F. McGrath of the Second District. Prior to her marriage, she resided with Miss McGrath here. Mrs. Henry had just arrived in Schenectady, NY yesterday to visit relatives when the telegram from the War Department, forwarded from here, told her the sad news. She left immediately for home.

Lt Henry is buried at Florence American Cemetery, Via Cassia, 50023 Tavarnuzze, Italy; Plot D, Row 12, Grave 32. Photo provided by cemetery staff.


Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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