Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Commandant of the Marine Corps Visits War Hero at Sentara Potomac Hospital

Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, dropped into Sentara Potomac Hospital on Monday to visit retired Sgt. Major John Henry and celebrate his 86th birthday.

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Mr. Henry served in both the U.S. Air Force and the Marine Corps. He fought in two major battles of the Korean War and has taken tours of duty in Yugoslavia, Burma and Vietnam. He earned both a Bronze Star and a Silver Star during his service. What’s more, since 1985 he’s helped train a generation of military leaders as a Leadership Training teacher at the Marine Corps Base at Quantico.

General Amos brought a cake to his friend and colleague of more than 25 years. He then led the staff and family members in a resounding rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

Mr. Henry is on the Medicine Unit being cared for by the wonderful staff. He made sure to mention the exceptional care he’s receiving but (understandably!) “is really ready to go home.”