Henry A. Courtney Jr.
Major Henry Alexis Courtney Jr. served in the United States Marine Corps for the 2nd Battalion, as a member of the 22nd Marines Regiment, and 6th Marine Division. Where he awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions on May 14th and 15th, 1945. As he was stationed near Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Islands and lead a near suicide mission of men to clear the surrounding area. Yet even as they were outmanned and outgunned Courtney was determined to advance his position. And even though his men managed to take out many enemy Japanese soldiers, tragically he was killed instantly by a hostile mortar. However in this sacrifice Courtney never wavered from his intentions to remain aggressive and fight the enemy to the very end and demonstrating amazing courage in his efforts.
May 14, 2015