In May 1956, D.P. Henley Jr. (left) became the new 7th District VFW commander. In this photograph which appeared in the Summerville News, he is shown being congratulated by State Department Commander Randolph Medlock (right). Walter Kirk (center) was the outgoing commander.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting was held at the Memorial Home with approximately 75 delegates attending. Other elected officers were from Calhoun, Dalton, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Rossville, and Stone Mountain.
Henley was 37 years old at the time and employed as a postman at the Summerville Post Office. In 1940, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served with the First Marine Division, landing on Okinawa in April 1945.
Wounded by a hand grenade, he received a Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, and a Bronze Star.
After the war, David Person Henley Jr. married Geneva Stephens. They had two children, Ginger and Dave. D.P. spent 30 years with the Post Office and was a deacon at the Summerville Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Henley taught at Chattooga High School until her retirement in 1979.
Photographs courtesy of Dave Henley.
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