â€œHenry County and the Second World Warâ€�
The Second World War began in 1939 in Europe. The U.S. entered the war after Japan bombed
Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. Many men and women served from Henry County. This
war was far more brutal than the First World War as many more were killed and wounded in this
war. There would be North Africa, Sicily, Italy, the invasion of Europe, the island hopping from
Guadalcanal to Okinawa. Iwo Jima would play a vital role. And in the advent of the atomic age with
the two dropped on Japan to end this tragic war which would see millions upon millions killed by a
madman known as Adolf Hitler. He sent millions to the gas chambers of the concentration camps and
killed an unknown millions in the homeland of Russia.
The first of Henry Counties War dead to arrive home was on November 20, 1947.
Verna L. McCord killed in action Dec. 22, 1944 would be buried in the McDonough cemetery with
full Military Honors. There would be twenty others to arrive later.
1. Mother of Counties, Mrs. Rainer, 1971.
2. History of WWII, Francis Miller, 1949.
â€œWorld War IIâ€�
â€œMany millions would never see another day by the brutality of warfare and genocide alike. The
world watched as evil walked itâ€™s way around the globe to fill the air with the ashes of man. From
the deserts of North Africa, to the islands of the Pacific, to the fields of Europe man would fight and
die to try and rid this world of a mad dream. There have been many things written about that war, but
no words can tell, no actions can replace, and no convictions will reduce the pain felt by this terrible
war that took millions upon millions in itâ€™s wake. As God extends his caring hand, He and only
He will know the answer to why evil can raise itâ€™s ugly head in the guise of anyone or thing to
sweep across nations to make a waste land of them. May He trample the breath of such a plague
from the mind of another who would try.â€�
The Staff of the CRG