Atticus L. Henderson, Jr.
1931 - 1983
Atticus Henderson Jr. was the only son born to the Rev. Atticus Henderson Sr., and his wife Elise Godfrey Henderson. Known affectionately as “Brother” by all including his parents, Henderson attended the Washington Street High School in Covington. After graduating in 1949, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a corporal with the 3rd Infantry Division in Korea. On July 9, 1958, Henderson was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry for his extraordinary bravery in battle on June 23, 1951. General Order 456 by command of Major General Soule reads in part:
During the attack, after the troops had advanced to the base of the hill, the lead elements, to which the machine guns were giving close support, were pinned down by an encompassing hail of enemy small arms and machine gun fire. Corporal Henderson, realizing the extremely serious nature of their position, unhesitatingly ran through the bullet-swept area to place his weapon in a position from which he delivered effective neutralizing fire upon the enemy. After destroying one hostile machine gun emplacement, he learned that the platoon had been ordered to resume its assault. Picking up the machine gun and placing it against his hip with the ammunition belt flung over his shoulder, Corporal Henderson fearlessly led the assault unit up the hill, blasting a route of approach through the enemy positions with the devastating fire of his weapon. In the course of the action, he was wounded by hostile rifle fire but, refusing medical attention, he continued to press forward until the hill was taken and his weapon was located in a defensive position. Corporal Henderson’s exceedingly brave action and gallant determination reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.