HENRY F. GRAHAM, LCDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: December 10, 1917
Date of death: April 11, 1945
Age: 27

Lucky Bag

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From the 1940 Lucky Bag:

HENRY FORESTER GRAHAM

Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York

There is not a better specimen of the fellow who loves athletics just for the love of playing. Hank can enter a game and play it well, regardless of the sport. Another hobby is music — confined to swing; the day just hasn't started out right if an electric razor interrupts his post-reveille program. Hank doesn't let many things worry him, but he never could savvy anything so abstract as juice, or so indeterminate as a blind drag. Hank is an all-round fellow, likable in every way. We expect his ability to make friends to carry him upward, rapidly. Best of luck. Hank; knowing you has been a rare treat.

Loss

Hank was lost on April 11, 1945 in while attacking targets in Okinawa.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Henry F. Graham, Sr. (NSN: 0-85210), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Fighter Pilot and Division Leader over Kyushu, Japan, from 18 March 1945 to 11 April 1945.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 348 (March 1946)
Action Date: March 18 - April 11, 1945
Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Memorial Hall Error

Henry is listed as “Sr.” in most records but not in Memorial Hall.


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Class of 1940
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