PRIVATE FIRST CLASS GORDON HENDERSON was born in New Jersey in 1924. After attending the Harry C. Sharp School at 32nd Street and Hayes Avenue in the Cramer Hill section of Camden, he went on to graduate from Woodrow Wilson High School, on Federal Street, where he was a star basketball player. After graduation he found work with the R.M. Hollingshead Corporation in Camden. He lived at 3758 King Avenue in Pennsauken NJ, before his marriage to his wife Anna Mae. The young couple made their home at 506 Beideman Avenue, in the then new Westfield Acres public housing project at Westfield and Rosedale Avenues in Camden.
Drafted on February 8, 1943, he was assigned to the 80th Infantry Division, training at Camp Phillips KS, Desert Training Center No. 4 in California, and Fort Dix NJ, before going overseas from New York on July 1, 1944. The 80th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, August 3 1944, assembled near St. Jores by August 7 , and on August 8 was ordered to stop the German attack at Avranches. Arriving too late to take part in smashing the German drive, it turned east to seize Evron and Ste. Suzanne, August 10. The Division then attacked Argentan, taking it, August 20, and creating the Falaise Pocket. After mopping up in the area, the 80th took part in the Third Army dash across France, cutting through St. Mihiel, Chalons, and Commercy in pursuit of the retreating Germans until stopped by the lack of gasoline and other supplies at the Seille River. From 25 September to 7 November, the Division maintained an aggressive defense oŁ positions west of the Seille, and prepared for the Third Army sweep into the industrially vital Saar Basin. It was during fighting along the Seille River that Gordon Henderson was killed in action, on October 7, 1944. He was 20 years old at the time of his death.
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