CharlesA. (Bud) Henson Jr., 90 years old of Del Rio, Texas, moved into the Heavenly Mansion with his wife on April 8, 2014. He was born February 19, 1924 in Welder, Texas, (Gonzalez County) to Charles (Gus) Henson, Sr. and Virby McCullough Henson. He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Winona Helen Wendland Henson. He is survived by one sister: Rosa (Pye) Haass of Hondo, Texas and a grandson, Alan Henson and wife, Sara of Houston, Texas; niece and nephew, Sharon Haass Artry and husband, Bob Artry and Gary Haass and wife, Amy Haass; and One son: Charles Henson III. Charles graduated from Devine High School in Devine, Texas 1941. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 78 Lightening Infantry Division of the 309 Infantry as a combat medic, who picked up the wounded on the battlefield. He was in three battles: Battle of the Hurtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge and the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen crossing over the Rhine River. He was part of the first infantry troops to cross on the bridge in a three quarter ton truck on the Ludendorff Bridge. The casualty rate for this division was over 80 percent. The capture of the Ludendorff Bridge opened the way for the Allied Troops to drive into the heart of the German Army. The awards Charles received were the following: Combat Medic Badge, 2 Purple Hearts, and 2 Bronze Star Medals. Henson's unit was also awarded 2 Presidential Unit Citations, Army Occupation Medal and World War II Victory medal. After WW II, he returned home and went to work at the Hondo Airbase, Hondo, TX and was the last employee at the base. He then went to work for the U.S. Dept. of Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in March, 1949 in Del Rio, TX. Henson was called back into the Army for one year in August of 1950 as the Korean War started and served at Camp Polk, Leesville Louisiana. Charles came home and worked 44 years for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture ASCS office. For 35 years of that, he served as the County Executive Director for the Val Verde-Kinney County ASCS office. He retired in February, 1990. He served 6 years as the Chairman of Val Verde County ASCS Committee. He was a District Director with the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association. Special thanks go to John and Susan Wardlaw, Ginger Davis, Marsha Young, the staff at Val Verde Regional Medical Center, the staff at the Country Place and Hospice. Pallbearers: Alan Henson, Norman Martindale, John Wardlaw, Bob Artry, Gary Haass and Pat Zubebueler. Visitations will be Friday, 5-7:00P.M, April 11, 2014 at G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel Del Rio, Texas. Graveside services will be in the Henson family plot at the Hondo Cemetery, Oakwood Section in Hondo, Texas on Saturday, 2:00P.M, April 12, 2014. Funeral arrangements with G. W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home, of Del Rio LTD, 114 Fletcher Drive, Del Rio, Texas. 78840 Ph: 830.775.2000.
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