HENRY TERENCE M

BG Terence "Terry" M. Henry was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/25/2019 at the age of 79.8
Daytona Beach, FL
Flight Class 64-1
Date of Birth 02/20/1940
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 116 AHC in 67-68, 361 AWC in 70-71
Call signs in Vietnam STINGER 96, PINK PANTHER 6
This information was provided by Bruce James

More detail on this person: A Remembrance Brigadier General Terence Henry, USA Retired Sadly, General Henry left this world on December 25, 2019 at age 79. His spirit lives on in the lives of so many that he led. His life, both personal and professional,represented all that is good in humanity. General Henry first came to my unit in Vietnam in the spring of 1970, as the new commander of the 351st Aerial Weapons Company. In any unit in which Ihave served, the pending arrival of the new boss was typically preceded by some apprehension,and a great deal of rumor and speculation about how our lives might be changed; maybe even more so when half a world away from home, and the frnquent need to operate in a less than friendly environment. After he spoke to the group of pilots that were assembled to welcome him, the apprehensions vanished. In their place was a feeling of confidence that we would capably deal with what was ahead of us. Since the first day he assumed command, Ihave asked myself any number of times, what was it about this remarkable leader that made him stand out as the best Iever encountered? Competence? Sure. When he spoke, he was confident, with every sentence clear and direct, and with no more words than needed to be spoken. He knew his subject and how to make his audience understand as well. Integrity? No doubt. Everyone who served with him would agree he was the standard. Courage? Whether dealing with issues of command, the politics of office, or action on the battlefield, our commander instinctively acted as a model of competence, dedication to mission, and equal dedication to those he led. But are these qualities, not uncommon in many military leaders, enough to explain the indelible impression he made on me, an impression that lasts until this day? No matter how bad the events of a given day would be, or how badly he might have been disappointed in me or someone that served under him, he would remain affable while in pursuit of a constructive solution. There was never an action,utterance or other behavior on his part that even hinted at concern for himself. Always selfless; always a reflection of the highest ideals of human decency. Ithink most people who aspire to be good, either in their profession or as citizens of the human race, are more successful in doing so when they have a model to emulate. On the eve of battle, Gideon said, as described in Judges 7:17, "Look upon me and do likewise". Gideon wasn't available to be my role model,but Terry Henry was. And for the rest of my life, my memory of General Henry will enable me to look upon him. If Ican do half as well,things will be OK. Henry, Terence McGovern, 79, Daytona Beach, a retired Brigadier General for the US Army, passed away on December 25, 2019. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Dec. 26 to Dec. 28, 2019. TAPS from Bruce James L15579 BG(Ret) Terence M. (Terry) Henry passed away Christmas Day, 2019 following a prolonged illness. He was several weeks short of his 80th birthday. Following graduation from Ohio State ROTC, he was Commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer and served in several Company Grade assignments following OBC and Ranger training. After Commanding an Artillery Battery, and service in Vietnam, he attended CGSC and served assignments in MILPERCEN and DA DCSPER. In 1977, he was assigned as Commander, 25th Aviation Battalion at Wheeler Field, Hawaii and went on to serve as G1 of the 25th Infantry Division for 2 years. His assignments following attendance at AWC and promotion to Colonel included Command of the US Army Safety Center, 6th Army Aviation Officer, and Chief of Staff, 2d Infantry Division. He also Commanded the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, where he was instrumental in establishing a highly successful accident prevention and training program, as well as leading the units successful support of the Grenada operation. While serving with 2d ID in Korea, he was selected for promotion to Brigadier General and remained with the Division as Assistant Division Commander. His next and final assignment prior to retirement in 1991 was as Deputy Commanding General, US Army Recruiting Command at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He and his lovely wife Kay retired to DeLand, Florida where he assumed duties as Chief of Emergency Operations and they later moved to Daytona following his promotion to become Chief of Public Works for the county. He ultimately retired from his second career upon being fully vested for retirement. Terry is survived by his wife Kay and 3 grown children and their families. He is to be interred in Arlington with full honors at a future date.

Burial information: Arlington National

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