WWII ExperienceDESCRIPTION: Joplin News Herald Friday September 29 1944 Page 7
Says-Then there was the experience of Staff Sergeant Willard C.Henderson of Shell City,Mo. He bumped into a German officer unexpectedly in a tunnel and in a fraction of a second each had poked a weapon against the other[s abdomen.
Drop it"Henderson yelled,
The German's automatic clattered to the floor.
Henderson rounded up the officer and 22 other Germans in the tunnel and ushered them all out.
Willard Clark Henderson Obit
He was married Aug. 14, 1947, in Berryville, Ark., to LaVern Barker, and she survives of the home.
He grew up in Schell City, and went to Flat Rock School there. He finished his last two years of school in Nevada. He joined the U.S. Army on Nov. 11, 1942. He served in Europe during World War II. Among the medals he received was a bronze star, a silver star, as well as two purple hearts, the second of which was received when he was wounded while he was among the first to go through the wall in Breast, France. He went to California in 1952 where he lived and worked for 26 years before moving back to Rich Hill, in 1978. He was a welder and mechanic most of his working life. He owned and operated Henderson and Sons Garage in California with his three sons. Following his retirement, he went to work for Balk's Farm Implement in Vernon County.
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