Henry Thurman McCrimmon

Army of the United States
19 August 1947 - 25 April 1968
Greensboro, North Carolina
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Combat Infantry

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Henry Thurman McCrimmon

18 Jan 2005

"Hank" was my best childhood friend. He was a tremendous dancer and the best hitter on our Little League team. Hank was very popular, very charismatic.

After graduating from Dudley High School, Hank, Elvester Hester and I worked the summer at a mill in Greensboro. I joined the Marines and a few months later Hank and Elvester joined the Army. They left for Vietnam shortly after I returned from my first tour. Both died in the war in 1968.

Ralph Herbin

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Although the Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii's database indicates Sergeant McCrimmon was assigned to B Co, 1st Bn, 327th Infantry, he is mentioned by name on the 3rd Bn, 506th Infantry web site, where his name is marked as having died after transfer from 3/506. The Virtual Wall has been advised as follows by someone who served with him:
"Henry was an original member of 3rd Battalion, 506th Airborne Infantry that shipped over to Vietnam in October of 1967. After Tet of 1968 Henry was transferred up North, apparently to the 327th. This may clarify why he is shown as having been in both."

Five members of the Class of 1965, James B. Dudley High School (Greensboro, NC), died in Vietnam:
  • LCpl Willie H. Adger, Mike Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines, 07 Feb 1968
  • PFC Chester D. Fewell, India Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marines, 09 Jan 1967
  • PFC Elvester Hester, Alpha Co, 1st Bn, 503rd Infantry, 12 Feb 1968
  • Sgt Henry T. McCrimmon, Bravo Co, 1st Bn, 327th Infantry, 25 Apr 1968
  • Cpl William Slade, 3rd Bn, 9th Marines, 11 Sep 1968
Sgt McCrimmon, Cpl Slade, LCpl Adger, and PFC Hester were classmates all their lives, going through school together at Jonesboro Elementary School, Lincoln Junior High School, and Dudley High School.

The three Marines and two paratroopers are remembered by their friends on the Dudley High '65 site .

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 20 Jan 2005
Last updated 08/10/2009