|Birth: ||Dec. 6, 1893|
|Death: ||Feb. 14, 1984|
John Cassell Henderson, 2nd Lt USAS. Enlisted 23 July 1917 at Chicago and graduated from Univ of Illinois SMA, 20 Oct 1917. Received preliminary flying training in the Canuck in Canada, 24 Oct - 7 Nov 1017; and in the JN-4D at Taliaferro Fields, Ft Worth, Texas, 18 Nov 1917 - 9 Jan 1918. Received RMA rating and commissioned a 2nd Lt, 31 Dec 1917. Assigned to 28th A.S. and sent to England for advanced combat flying training in the A.W. and RE-8 at Sedgeford, 4 March - 15 July 1918. Assigned as aerial gunnery school at Marske, 16-17 July 1918. Assigned as instructor pilot in the DH-4 and 2nd AIC, Tours, France, 31 July - 7 Oct 1918. Assigned to 163rd A.S. (Bombardment) until 1 March 1919. Discharged at Camp Grant, IL, 2 Sept 1919. WWI Decorations: WWI Victory Medal, 2 gold overseas chevrons. Owned and operated small airport in Illinois (Yan-Yar), 1937-1942; served in WWII in grade of Major.
During WWI he witnessed the death of Lt Charles Swan per Swan's obit. Served with other heros Lt Harold Goettler, Erwin Bleckley , Lt Hugh Sherman and other names we are still searching for. (See photos from WWI Album) His favorite nephew Edwin Henderson Voorhees, a Navy Pilot during WWII.
Retired Sinclair Refining Co, a career that began in Chicago Ill and took him to Youngstown, Ohio. He remained in reserves and was drafted in WWII at an age over 50.
July 2004 - All military items from WWI & II belonging to JCH e.g. donated to Air Force Museum at WPAFB - Dayton Ohio.
October 2005 - Date of birth changed/confirmed to be Dec 6, 1893 per WWI draft registration found. States birth 1893 being age 24 in 1917. Inscription on stone now incorrect.
He left a wife, Mary Beaton Jenkins Henderson, two daughters and a grandaughter. His middle name "Cassell" named after John Cassell.
He married a first wife Julia LNU (Emeck?) in Toledo Ohio about 1929 and had a child born July 31, 1936 in Toledo Ohio. This is still under study as we write. They divorced in Youngstown Ohio about 1943-44. Julia returned to Toledo Ohio and remarried.
He was an honest man - proud of his military life and true to Sinclair Refining Company. He loved his dog "Lad" (1972-1983) a collie. Active until the end - golfing in a.m. - bowling in p.m. Died in Butler Co Pa VA hospital after a brief illness.
In reading his early flight log book it is with interest some of his old recordings during 1920's... "forced landing - location: cornfield - reason: engine out".
During WWII while stationed in England, he, as a rank of Captain, was saluted by a group of 5 star Generals as he exited a restaurant. Astounded to say the least, he saluted back and could only surmize later they thought he was Gen Dwight D Eisenhower!
On July 11, 2008 a great grandaughter born June 11, 2008 and great grandson born July 2011.
William Eugene Henderson (1852 - 1928)
Rebecca Mary Pritchartt Henderson (1858 - 1940)
Julia Emich Henderson (1898 - ____)
Mary Beaton Jenkins Henderson (1908 - 1991)*
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec 60 grave 1455
Created by: Anne Rupert
Record added: Nov 19, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5098375