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Rep. Gianforte honors Bitterroot WWII, Korean War veteran

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HAMILTON - Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) was in Hamilton on Monday to honor WWII and Korean War veteran Jack Henley

Rep. Gianforte presented Henley with a certificate of his tribute made on the House floor back in November  

Henley joined the US Army right after graduating from high school in 1943 and attended boot camp in South Carolina before being sent to Guadalcanal where he earned a pair of Bronze Stars.

He was then sent to the Philippines where he safely led a squad of men through cannon, mortar and automatic gunfire. He returned to the battlefield twice and saved two wounded men in the process.  Henley earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart while in the Philippines.

Following  World War II, Henley took some time off from the military but then re-enlisted and served during the Korean War as a drill instructor. By the end of Henley's 28-year career, he had been awarded 18 medals and decorations and his name is included in the Hall of Valor in Washington D.C.

With all of these accolades, Rep. Gianforte says he feels this honor is well deserved.

“Jack had such an exceptional story He was a member of this greatest generation We took special effort to make sure Jack was recognized for his service to our country during WWII and the Korean War.”

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