Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Henry W. Andrasovsky. Henry served from 1941 to 1972 in World War II and the Korean War.
Henry joined the Marine Corps in May 1941, six months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. When the US entered World War II, he joined the 1st Marine Division at Guadalcanal.
In 1944, Henry made a landing at Peleliu, Palau which he described as “the most ferocious thing I’ve ever been in.” Of the 23 people who attempted the landing, only about five, including Henry, survived the machine gun fire and mortar explosions to land on the beach. During the mission, an explosion covered Henry’s face and arms in shrapnel. He boarded the hospital ship Samaritan to undergo an operation, and was sent back to the U.S. and discharged.
Henry reenlisted in the Marine Corps a few months later with the 1st Marines. During the Korean War, he participated in the seizures of Yeongdeungpo and Seoul, followed by the Chosin Campaign and Operation Killer. In May 1951, Henry became a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
After serving 20 years, he stayed in the Reserve for an additional ten years. Henry passed away on Dec. 19, 2016 at the age of 93.
We honor his service.
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Veterans History Project
This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.