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Henry Spencer, World War II Veteran, Recognized for Military Service
Mr. Henry S. Spencer, Sr., Auditor at UK’s Division of Regulatory Services, is a World War II Veteran. He served with the 1st Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps, in the Southwest Pacific Theatre of WW II.
In October 2010, Mr. Spencer participated in a visit to Washington, DC with the Bluegrass Chapter of the Honor Flight Network. This organization is a non-profit group, based in Louisville, KY, created to honor America’s veterans.
A group of about 40 veterans from the Lexington area flew out of Louisville and visited the National World War II Memorial, the Korean Memorial, and the Marine Corps War Memorial, known as the Iwo Jima Memorial. It was a full day for the tour, which was a 'thank you' for the veterans' service.
"I felt honored to make this trip and was proud to be a part of this group of veterans" said Mr. Spencer. He also was impressed with the caring attitude and compassion shown along the trip at the Louisville and Baltimore airports and in Washington, DC at the National Memorials.
Mr. Spencer received a Bluegrass Chapter tee shirt, ticket and ID holder, a personal note of thanks, a memorial booklet with facts and pictures, and many memories from his trip. Mr. Spencer also received his commission as an Honorable Kentucky Colonel during this trip, becoming Colonel Spencer.
We are honored to have Mr. Spencer in our Department. I have enjoyed talking with him about his trip to the Memorials and the time he spent in the armed services of our nation. His action included the Battle of Guadalcanal ('42-'43), the Battle of Cape Gloucester (New Britain, '44), and the Battle of Peleliu ('44). Mr. Spencer's name appears in the National WW II Registry of Remembrances.