Henry enlisted in the Army Air Force at the age of 18. His experience as a Ham Radio Operator qualified him for extra training in Radio and Cryptographics. After receiving his training he was transferred to Liverpool in the European Theater of Operations. He recalls being invited to Christmas Dinner at a local residence that year and waiting for Big Ben to strike and for King George to say a prayer before eating. Food was scare in wartime Britain and U.S. servicemen helped their British friends obtain rations.
His MOS was handling 5 types of communications starting with unclassified, top secret and encrypted.
Teletype was the preferred method and included some ordering 2000 planes into the air for a secret mission. Food was boring and consistent and included coffee, juice, powdered eggs Spam and brussel sprouts.
Air raids were common and the workload varied depending on battlefield activities. During the Normandy Invasion he worked non stop due to the heavy radio traffic of the battle. He made many friends in Britain and France that he has remained in contact with over the years.
His most memorable battle took place with a British Horse that was making suspicious noises around his guard post. He quickly dispatched the horse (much to it's owners dismay) using all 90 rounds of his ammunition.