Earl O’Dell Henry served as a dental officer for 12 months at Parris Island, South Carolina, 14 months, at the U.S. Naval Academy. Served 12 months aboard the USS Indianapolis in the Pacific He died in the USS Indianapolis when it was sunk on July 30, 1945, after the ship had delivered the components of the first atomic bomb to Tinian. He is memorialized at Manila American, Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.

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His collection of more than 80 mounted birds has been donated to Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, TN. Every year, his professional life is recalled at the Earl Henry Memorial Dental Clinic. His son lives in Nashville (see the Facebook link).

  • Rank: Lieutenant Commander
  • Date of birth:
  • 8 November 1911
  • Date of death: 30 July 1945
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: Dental Corps USS Indianapolis
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American, Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
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