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Sgt Henry Thurman “Hank” McCrimmon

Sgt Henry Thurman “Hank” McCrimmon

Birth
Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
Death 25 Apr 1968 (aged 20)
Vietnam
Burial McLeansville, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 17211799 · View Source
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SGT Henry Thurman McCrimmon, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Greensboro, NC.

Sergeant Henry(Hank)Thurman McCrimmon was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SGT McCrimmon served our country until April 25th, 1968 in South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that Henry died from Malaria. His body was recovered. SGT McCrimmon is on panel 52E, line 008 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 2 years.

"Hank" was my best childhood friend. He was a tremendous dancer and the best hitter on our Little League team. Hank was very popular, very charismatic. After graduating from Dudley High School, Hank, Elvester Hester and I worked the summer at a mill in Greensboro. I joined the Marines and a few months later Hank and Elvester joined the Army. They left for Vietnam shortly after I returned from my first tour. Both died in the war in 1968. Ralph Herbin, ralph@herbin.com.

Henry was an original member of 3rd Battalion, 506th Airborne Infantry "Currahees" that shipped over to Vietnam in October of 1967. After the Tet Offensive of 1968, Henry was transferred to the 327th Infantry where he lost his life.

Henry Thurman McCrimmon was born August 19, 1947 and his home of record was Greensboro, North Carolina. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Angus McCrimmon. He is currently survived by one sister, Alpharetta and two brothers, Angus and Wesley. In her letter to me, Alpharetta told me that Henry loved to hunt and fish and was a Boy Scout. He had two cars that he was very proud of; a 54 Chevy and a 63 Ford Falcon. He graduated from James B. Dudley High School in 1965. Henry served with the 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry (Currahees), 101st Airborne Division and died April 25, 1968. He is buried in McLeansville First Baptist Church Cemetery, McLeansville, North Carolina. God rest your soul, Currahee! Jane Fulkerson: mccolt@nemont.net.

Five members of the Class of 1965, James B. Dudley High School (Greensboro, NC), died in Vietnam: LCpl Willie H. Adger, Mike Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines, 07 Feb 1968; Pfc Chester D. Fewell, India Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marines, 09 Jan 1967; PFC Elvester Hester, Alpha Co, 1st Bn, 503rd Infantry, 12 Feb 1968; Sgt Henry T. McCrimmon, Bravo Co, 1st Bn, 327th Infantry, 25 Apr 1968; Cpl William Slade, 3rd Bn, 9th Marines, 11 Sep 1968. Sgt McCrimmon, Cpl Slade, LCpl Adger, and PFC Hester were classmates all their lives, going through school together at Jonesboro Elementary School, Lincoln Junior High School, and Dudley High School. The three Marines and two paratroopers are remembered by their friends on the Dudley High '65 site.

He served with the 506th Infantry Regiment, "Currahees", then later was reassigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, "Screaming Eagles", USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.


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  • Created by: Tom Reece
  • Added: 30 Dec 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17211799
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Henry Thurman “Hank” McCrimmon (19 Aug 1947–25 Apr 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17211799, citing McLeansville First Baptist Church Cemetery, McLeansville, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .