Jim Henderson at FDR Memorial

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The End For An Old Soldier

Marin WW2 Hero Jim Henderson Dead at 95

KCBS Radio Morning News
February 08, 2019 - 6:58 am

NOVATO (KCBS Radio) -- One of a dwindling number of decorated World War 2 veterans has died in Marin County. Jim Henderson was 95. His family says he died Thursday afternoon.

Henderson was awarded a Silver Star for bravery during World War 2. He served in a mortar platoon with the fabled 104th Infantry Division "Timberwolves".  The Silver Star citation read, “Sergeant Henderson made his way across seventy-five yards of shell-torn terrain to the wounded man’s side and then carried him one hundred yards under intense enemy fire to a position of cover where medical aid was available."

Born in Louisiana, Henderson was raised in Diamond Springs, CA (El Dorado County).  He was studying at the University of San Francisco in 1943 when his draft notice came.

He described his life and military service in a 2015 episode of the "Hometown Heroes" radio program.

After the war, Henderson settled in Marin County. He served a term as a Novato city councilman and a year as mayor; in 2005, he was named Novato's "Citizen of the Year".  At the time, he was described as a "quiet but tireless community volunteer".

In October, Henderson, despite poor health, was able to join nearly 30 other veterans for an "Honor Flight" to Washington, DC. In a story broadcast on KCBS Radio at the time, he marveled at the fact that ordinary people would still walk up to him and thank him for his service.