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Lieut Henry Sterling McWhorter
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Birth: Nov. 19, 1934
Chatham County
Georgia, USA
Death: Aug. 29, 1965, Vietnam

LT Henry Sterling McWhorter, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Savannah, Georgia.

Lieutenant Henry Sterling McWhorter was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Navy, LT McWhorter served our country until August 29th, 1965 in North Vietnam. He was 30 years old and was married. Henry died when his plane crashed. His body was recovered. Henry was born on November 19th, 1934 in Savannah, Georgia. LT McWhorter is on panel 02E, line 068 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 6 years.

Lieutenant McWhorter attended UNC from 1952 to 1954. He was killed in Vietnam after his parachute failed to open when he ejected from his plane, which had been struck by anti-aircraft fire. Lt. Henry S. McWhorter was the pilot of an RF8A on a combat mission in Nghe An Province, North Vietnam on August 29, 1965. As he was about 25 miles northwest of the city of Vinh, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed. It was thought that the possibility existed that Lt. McWhorter safely ejected, but no parachute was seen, and no emergency radio beeper signals heard. Lt. McWhorter was given a slim hope of survival and was declared Killed, Body Not Recovered. McWhorter was listed among the missing because his remains were never located to return home. He was among over 2300 still prisoner, missing, or otherwise unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. In 1987, the Vietnamese discovered remains that they identified as Henry S. McWhorter and returned them to U.S. control. The U.S. confirmed this identification and returned the remains to McWhorter's family for burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park March 6, 1987.

Shipmate on the USS Oriskany: Someone said that only those who are forgotten really perish. Rest assured good friend and shipmate, you will never be forgotten as long as I'm alive to remember. Ronald G. "Gib" Patterson, 20025 Newcome Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959,

He served with CFW-16, VFP-63, Task Force 77, USS Oriskany, 7th Fleet.

His awards included The Distinguished Flying Cross,The Navy Aviator Wings Insignia, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Purple Heart Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.

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  Edwin Ariel McWhorter (1897 - 1972)
  Rosalind Price McWhorter (1899 - 1966)
  Edwin Ariel McWhorter (1928 - 1987)*
  Henry Sterling McWhorter (1934 - 1965)
*Calculated relationship
Hillcrest Abbey East Cemetery
Chatham County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Myrtle Gardens, Lot # 137, Space # 5
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 07, 2011
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Lieut Henry Sterling McWhorter
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