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Dick Henry

Dick Henry spent most of his 100 years of life serving his country. He loved sharing his stories with others, and the main theme was his special devotion to other service members and veterans.

Richard “Dick” J. Henry, or Chief, as he was affectionately known, could probably tell a lot of stories from his more than 100 years of living — like what happened on December 7, 1941. He was on board the USS Helena, about to read the morning paper, when Japanese war planes attacked Pearl Harbor. And if his lifetime of adventures and his giving spirit were written as a novel, the overall theme would be about a man who lived for service and sacrifice until the very end.

Chief was a humble man who commanded respect. A person who was enthusiastic about his health and physical well-being. A WWII veteran who believed in honor and service. A loving husband and caring friend who never wavered in his dedication to those who served.

Dick Henry during his visit to WWP's headquarters.

To help celebrate turning 100, Mr. Henry took a tour of WWP's headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, where Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington presented him with commemorative coins.

Memorial bench dedicated in Mr. Henry's honor.

After his passing, WWP dedicated a memorial bench in Mr. Henry’s honor.

“I believe Dick would like to be known for his belief and pride in America the great, his service to his country, his kindness to fellow Americans, his integrity and loyalty, his love of Jesus Christ, his savior.”

Chief’s longtime aide
Joy Slebos

Chief Henry wanted to make sure future generations of veterans were taken care of after he was gone. That intention was fulfilled thanks to a generous donation to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). His legacy gift helps ensure injured warriors can continue to benefit from free programs and services that support their physical and mental well-being and help them transition successfully from the military to civilian life.

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