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McHenry, Joseph M. (P3, C1, L28)

mchenry headstone findagraveStaff Sergeant Joseph Maurice McHenry, 28, of Owensboro, Daviess County, died on 22 July 1977 in a -ton jeep accident during a convoy from Fort Hood, Texas to the armory in Owensboro.

McHenry and Private First Class Danny Rowan were traveling eastbound on Interstate 30 near Mt Vernon, in Franklin County Texas at approximately 1:10 p.m. local time when the left rear tire blew out causing the vehicle to go out of control. The two occupants were thrown from the vehicle. McHenry died a short time later from his injuries and Rowan, driving at the time of the accident, died at the scene. McHenry was serving with the Combat Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Armor Regiment.

They had departed Ft Hood at 0600 hours to provide road guard and convoy control. McHenry served on active duty with the U. S. Army from July 1968 to July 1970 with HHC 2nd Battalion, 509th Infantry in Germany and from July 1970 until September 1970 in the U. S. Army Reserve. He went back on active duty with the Army from September 1970 to September 1974 serving with A Troop of the 1st Battalion, 17th Cavalry.

McHenry joined the Kentucky National Guard in November 1974 and was promoted to Staff Sergeant on 1 July 1977.

McHenry's awards and decorations include Parachute Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Expert Infantry Badge and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was an employee of the Owensboro Brick and Tile Company.

McHenry is buried Mater Dolorosa Cemetery in Owensboro, Daviess County.

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