Gerald Russell Henry

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
21 June 1947 - 07 July 1967
Hayward, California
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Jerry Henry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Gerald Russell Henry

02 May 2003


Eleven former San Lorenzo High School students died while in combat during the Vietnam War. Eight students graduated from San Lorenzo, three transferred from SLZHS before their graduation. In keeping with the desires of the San Lorenzo Veterans Memorial Program team members, all former San Lorenzo students are honored.

After his freshman year Jerry transferred from SLZHS to Tennyson High in Hayward, California. If you knew Jerry at Tennyson, please contact us.

Edward K. Ferguson
Class of 1962
Gary A. Plumb
Class of 1962
Michael A. Welch
Class of 1963
James D. Burns
Class of 1965
Willis G. Cardin
Class of 1965
Gerald R. Henry
Class of 1965
James D. Piper
Class of 1965
San Lorenzo High School
Steve A. Srsen
Class of 1965
David E. Barber
Class of 1967
Michael W. Green
Class of 1967
Gary L. Giovannelli
Class of 1968

The SLZHS Veterans Memorial Project annually awards a scholarship to a deserving SLZHS student in honor of the men named above.

Until recently Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Menusa, USMC, was a Marine Corps recruiter at San Lorenzo High School. A veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, GySgt Menusa voluntarily left his recruiting billet in January 2003 for assignment to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division.

We now have the sad duty of reporting his death:

Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Menusa, USMC
Killed in Action in Iraq on 27 March 2003.
In addition to his parents and two brothers,
he is survived by his wife Stacy and son Joshua, age 3,
of San Jose, California.
He was buried with honors on 11 April 2003,
Santa Maria Cemetery, Santa Maria, California.

The team members have decided that the 2003 Veterans Memorial Scholarship will not be awarded to an SLZHS student, but will be presented to GySgt Manusa's son Joshua in the form of a savings bond.

San Lorenzo High School
Attn: Veterans Memorial Program
50 East Lewelling Boulevard
San Lorenzo, CA 94580
Telephone: 510/317-3100 x. 2257

09 Sep 2006

Jerry Henry USMC

Jerry, it's been 45 years almost to date ... We were in our freshman year at Tennyson High, Hayward. I myself was in the Marine Corps and in Vietnam 67-68. I came home on leave before I went to Nam ... and saw the notice of your death. You were a good friend in High School. I can't remember if we saw each other at Camp Pendleton, Calif. USMC Base. Your death went deep inside.

On my way home in August 1967, I ran into Gene Church, THS 65, he was going to Nam within a few days. I went to Vietnam late August 67, DaNang area. I received a letter in Sep-Oct 67, that Gene Church USMC had been killed in country. Jerry, I was so taken by the loss of you and Gene...

May you both Rest in Peace,
Semper Fi, my brothers.

Martin W. Hohenegger, THS 1965
USMC 1966-68 VietNam 1967-68
WIA 12/5/67
H&S Co, 1st FSR
Maint Bn, FLC
Danang, Vietnam
Vallejo, Calif. 94591

From The Virtual Wall:
On 01 Aug 1967 Lance Corporal Levan A. Church , E Company, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines, was killed by a sniper near Thon Chu Hoan, about 4 kilometers northeast of Hai Lang.

18 Apr 2007

Jerry, it has been forty years since we were fighting beside each other in Vietnam. I have wondered what happened to you. Last night, April 17, 2007, I decided to look on the Virtual Wall, there I discovered your name. I cannot describe the emptiness that I feel.

You were my best friend even though we only knew each other a few months. We fought together on Operation Union and you were with me when I stepped on the land mine. You disregarded your own safety to jump into the thickness to come to my aid. I will always remember your words to others while I was being treated "Those guys from Birmingham, Alabama are tough, right Sam?". I don't recall responding, but your words will always remain with me.

You were a true example of class, understanding, caring, but one tough Marine.

Be at peace, my brother,
Semper Fi

Samuel E. Johnson
Cpl. USMC 1966-68
Vietnam 1967
WIA 5/7/1967
India Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Div
Danang, Vietnam
2514 Parkway Drive, Selma, Al 36703

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
those who remember,
the SLZHS Veterans Memorial Project

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 3 May 2003
Last updated 04/30/2008