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Daniel Benedict Henry
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Birth: Jun. 19, 1935
Death: Jan. 31, 1968

Husband of Anne T. Pollard

New York
HM1 US Navy
Vietnam NC-PH

He was killed in a mortar attack

Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded

Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Hospitalman First Class [then Petty Officer Second Class] Daniel Benedict Henry (NSN: 2365535), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 27 August 1967 while serving as an Operating Room Technician with First Medical Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, near DaNang, Republic of Vietnam, in direct support of combat operations against communist insurgent (Viet Cong) forces. When a battalion surgeon was about to perform a surgical amputation of a leg of a seriously wounded casualty who hand an "armed" 2.75-in. rocket imbedded in the injured limb, Petty Officer First Class Henry, realizing the gravity of the situation, volunteered to assist in the surgery. Although anticipating that the rocket might explode at any moment, he displayed an outstanding degree of professionalism in administering to the pre-surgical needs of the patient. After the anesthetic had been administered and the patient positioned, Petty Officer Henry aided the surgeon throughout the forty-five minute operation. By his outstanding courage, technical competence and selfless devotion to duty in the face of grave personal risk, Petty Officer Henry lent valuable assistance in saving the wounded man's life and in removing the threat of death or injury from other personnel working in the vicinity of the operating room. His inspiring conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals Action Date: 27-Aug-67
Service: Navy
Rank: Hospitalman First Class
Company: Corpsman (Attached)
Battalion: 1st Medical Battalion
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF

The Rest of the Story

Truth is indeed stranger than fiction! The amazing miracles that took place in this surgical story have not ended. Following the amputation, the intrepid Dr. Taft carried the leg outside the tent with the rocket still embedded. Marine ordinance personnel had dug a hole about 200 yards away.

Taft very gently placed the leg in the hole and quickly returned to the operating tent to finish the operation. Before the surgery was completed, the rocket exploded before the ordinance crew could detonate it! Is this not the Lord's gracious and merciful timing?

Captain David Taft, USN, was rightfully awarded the Navy Cross.

The surgery was a success. The corpsman, Daniel Henry, was decorated with the Navy Cross, our nation's second highest honor. Tragically he was killed a few months later in an enemy mortar attack.
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  Anne T. Pollard Henry (1933 - 1971)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Cemetery
York County
Maine, USA
Created by: D. J. Goldman
Record added: Feb 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48780964
Daniel Benedict Henry
Added by: Tom Reece
Daniel Benedict Henry
Added by: D. J. Goldman
Daniel Benedict Henry
Added by: D. J. Goldman
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Remembering you and your family today. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May you rest in peace.
- A Marine's Daughter & Army Mom
 Added: Oct. 20, 2015
Happy Birthday in heaven, Daniel. You are not forgotten. May God bless you and yours always.
- Iowa Gal
 Added: Jun. 19, 2015
Thank You.
- Rewrite
 Added: Feb. 25, 2010

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