RICHIE N. HENDERSON, LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 21, 1918
Date of death: October 11, 1943
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1940 Lucky Bag:

RICHIE NEALE HENDERSON

Fredericksburg, Virginia

The Rhappahanock failed to satisfy Richie; so the decision to try deeper water brought him to the Naval Academy. A born sailor, Hank proved himself equally capable as a crew man. Basketball and tennis occupied the remainder of his spare time. As a roommate Richie was invaluable. His ingenuity and willingness to lend a hand often made life easier both practically and theoretically. His reservedness, good common sense, and spontaneous smile are the assets which have won him the respect and friendship of his classmates and which make him destined to go far in the Naval Profession.

Loss

Richie was lost when USS Wahoo (SS 238) was sunk, likely on October 11, 1944, in La Perouse Strait off Northern Japan.

His mother was listed as next of kin.

Silver Stars

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From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Richie Neale Henderson (NSN: 0-85127), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in the line of duty and in a position of great responsibility while serving on the U.S.S. WAHOO (SS-238), during the SEVENTH War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy patrolled waters from 9 September to 11 October 1943. He assisted his Commanding Officer in penetrating dangerous, confined and patrolled enemy waters where he contributed to the known destruction of one important enemy vessel. Other damage inflicted upon the enemy by his submarine in this area is unknown since his vessel failed to return from this patrol and it is presumed that he gave his life for his country. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Board Serial 0559 (March 27, 1944)
Action Date: September 9 - October 11, 1943
Rank: Lieutenant

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Richie Neale Henderson (NSN: 0-85127), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in the line of his profession as Torpedo and Diving Officer of the U.S.S. WAHOO (SS-238), during aggressive and highly successful War Patrols in enemy-controlled waters during World War II. His careful and efficient maintenance of the torpedoes directly contributed to his vessel's success in delivering successful torpedo and gun attacks against heavily escorted task forces and convoys, which resulted in the sinking of over 93,000 tons and the damaging of over 30,000 tons of shipping and combatant units. His calmness, judgment, fearlessness, and steadiness were an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 01633 (May 6, 1944)
Action Date: World War II
Rank: Lieutenant


Class Navigation

Class of 1940
Richie is one of 89 members of the Class of 1940 in Memorial Hall.
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