|Birth: ||Aug. 9, 1918|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 1943|
THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HONORS MY FATHER ON HIS BIRTHDAY!
THANK YOU TO STEVE EDQUIST FOR THIS SPECTACULAR PHOTO. I THINK IT EXPRESSES THE SPIRIT OF OUR HEROS AND VETERANS.
Henry married Helen Battenfield on March 13, 1942 in Opelika, Lee, Alabama, USA. I was never privileged to know him since he died two months after I was born.
My father was in the 82nd Airborne, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Company B. Purple Heart, American Legion Gold Star Certificate.
I have always been exceptionally proud of him!
ENDLESS GRATITUDE TO MY FRIEND, STEVE EDQUIST, WHO NOT ONLY SPONSORED THIS MEMORIAL, BUT TOOK THE TIME TO GO INTO FORT SNELLING AND TAKE A SECOND PICTURE OF MY DAD'S HEADSTONE WITH THE AMERICAN FLAG THIS MEMORIAL DAY (2011). THANK YOU SO MUCH, STEVE, FOR PHOTOS TAKEN IN FORT SNELLING.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO VISITS MY FATHER.
Received by my mother Sept. 27, 1943
I volunteered as a parachutist fully realizing the hazards of my chosen service and by my thoughts and by my actions will always uphold the prestige, honor and high esprit-de-corpe of the only volunteer branch of the army.
I realize that a parachutist is not merely a soldier who arrives by parachute to fight, but is an elite shocktrooper and that his country expects him to march farther and faster, to fight harder, to be more self-reliant and to soldier better than any other soldier.
I shall never fail my fellow comrades by shirking any duty or training, but will always keep myself mentally and physically fit and shoulder my full share of the task, whatever it may be.
I shall always accord my superiors fullest loyalty and I will always bear in mind the sacred trust I have in the lives of the men I will lead into battle.
I shall show other soldiers by my military courtesy to my superior officers and non-commissioned officers, by my neatness of dress, by my care of my weapons and equipment that I am a picked and well trained soldier.
I shall endeavor, always by my soldierly appearance, military bearing and behavior, reflect the high standards of training and morale of parachute troops.
I shall display a higher degree of initiative than is required of other troops and will fight on to my objective and mission, though I be the lone survivor.
I shall prove my ability as a fighting man against the enemy on the field of battle, not by quarreling with my comrades in arms or by bragging about my deeds, thus needlessly arousing jealousy and resentment against parachute troops.
I shall always realize that battles are won by an army fighting as a team, that I fight first and blaze the path into battle for others to follow and to carry the battle on.
I belong to the finest fighting unit in the Army. By my appearance, actions and battlefield deeds alone, I speak for my fighting ability. I will strive to uphold the honor and prestige of my outfit, making my country proud of me and to the unit to which I belong.
UNITED STATES ARMY PARATROOPER
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
PILOT JOHN GILLISPIE MAGEE
No 412 squadron, RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941
Brothers: Rudolph Peter Paquet and
Nick M Paquet
Paul Paquet (1879 - 1959)
Lucie Stiren Paquet (1889 - 1965)
Helen Ruth Battenfield Paquet Henkel (1918 - 2006)
Henry P. Paquet (1918 - 1943)
Nick M Paquet (1923 - 1973)*
Nick M Paquet (1923 - 1973)*
Rudolph Peter Paquet (1924 - 1984)*
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Plot: Section C-22, Site 12878
GPS (lat/lon): 44.86459, -93.22276
Maintained by: rosie mcnaughton
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3486765