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HENRY L. KAISER


(courtesy of  James A Gamblin)

Grave marker for Henry L. Kaiser and spouse in the Oaklawn Memorial Park, Athens (Henderson county), Texas.

Henry enlisted in the Army at Dallas, TX on 6 May 1942.  As a volunteer parachutist he was assigned to the 507th PIR for basic training and jump school.

On 16 October 1942 Pvt Kaiser was amongst those transferred as cadre from the 507th PIR to the newly activated 508th PIR.

Assigned to Hq Hq, he rose to the grade of T4 and jumped with the company into Normandy.  He is listed as having been wounded on 6 June 1944.

On 12 March 1945, now a SSgt. Henry was admitted to the 242nd Gen Hosp Cp Sissonne, France.  Termed a "non-battle casualty" he may have suffered frostbite.

Henry's military decorations include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for participation in Normandy assault.

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