Jay Thomas Hensley

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
17 June 1946 - 07 May 1967
Columbus, Ohio
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National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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24 Dec 2004

Jay's Mom and Dad were my Grandparents' next door neighbors back in the 1970's in Whitehall, Ohio. I was just a kid back then but I remember his Mom Maude Hensley taking me into a room where she kept Jay's things. His dad's name was Fred. I remember seeing several pictures of Jay in his uniform and a hat from one of his uniforms. Maude looked and sounded a way that I had never seen before as a kid. I didn't understand it. When I reflected back on the way she would talk about Jay as an adult I realized that she was heartbroken but so very proud. My visit to the Hensleys' house left an impression on me as a child and I've never forgotten it. I'm of a different generation and I never got to meet Jay but I feel compelled to speak on his behalf. I thank you, Jay, for your valor and sacrifice for our country. I hope to meet you in heaven. God Bless you.

Michael Bitler

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The following entry is taken from the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines' Command Chronology for May 1967:

The "40mm vehicle" was an M-42 "Duster", a tracked vehicle equipped with dual 40mm anti-aircraft cannons. Translated, the entry says that at 2:50 pm Lima 3/3 reported a Duster overturned on Highway QL-9 about 2 kilometers south-southeast of the Ca Lu airfield. By 3:55 pm three injured Marines had been medevaced. By 5:05 pm a recovery vehicle had lifted the Duster off four men pinned beneath it - one Marine and three soldiers. The four men killed in the accident were

  • L Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines
    • Pfc Jay T. Hensley, Columbus, OH

  • C Btry, 1st Bn, 44th Artillery
    • SSG Thomas C. Evans, Bessemer, AL
    • SGT Franklin C. Lewis, Canton, NY
    • PFC Talmadge Rhoden, Jacksonville, FL

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a neighbor of Jay's family,
Michael Bitler

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 25 Dec 2004
Last updated 11/04/2007