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  PVT Everett W. Henslee    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Service Company
35th Infantry Regiment
World War II

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PVT Everett W. Henslee, 06579387, who died in the service of his country on January 23rd, 1943 in Guadalcanal. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Everett was 23 years of age. He was from Spokane, Washington.

The decorations earned by PVT Everett W. Henslee include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Riverside Memorial Park
Spokane County
Washington, USA

Military Rites Are Planned for Pfc. E. W. Henslee.
Military rites for a Spokane war hero, Pfc. Everett W. Henslee, will be at 2 p. m. Saturday at the Riverside Cemetery. Chaplain R. B. Woods of the Spokane Air Base will conduct the service. A firing squad and bugler from the 161st infantry, the dead soldiers former outfit, will give him full military honors.

Private Hensiee was killed in the Guadalcanal jungle when he was 23 years old. Be had volunteered to accompany a patrol in a thickly wooded area. He sighted the first Japanese soldiers and opened fire, accounting for at least one of the enemy. Japanese Immediately opened fire from covered positions and Private Henslee was killed by the first volley, according to his commanding officer.

Buried on Island.
He was buried on a hilltop with his chaplains blessing and later was moved to the island cemetery. Col. James Dalton, his commanding officer, said that He died bravely and in full service to his country.

The soldiers mother, Mrs. Sylvia Henslee, W327 Mansfield, was the first mother in the Inland Empire to receive a posthumous Silver Star. Col. Alva B. McKie made the award at Baxter hospital in 1943. Private Henslee also received the Purple Heart.

Survivors are his mother; two brothers, Patti R. Henslee of Spokane and Clarence E. Henslee of Seattle, and four aunts in the east. Hazen and Jaeger are in charge of burial services here.

[The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington, Friday, April 8, 1949. Page 13]