Marvin J. Henshaw

                                                    ┌── George Washington Henshaw
                                                    │    1852-1924 
                     ┌── James Washington Henshaw ──┤
                     │    1882-1953                 │
                     │                              └── Rebecca Caladonia "Callie" Hartline
                     │                                   1865-1946 
Marvin J. Henshaw ───┤
B: 1912              │                              ┌── Benjamin Franklin Rainwater
D: 1944              │                              │
                     └── Mary Saphronia Rainwater ──┤
                          1882-1956                 │
                                                    └── Amanda Wood
Marvin J. Henshaw     [ID 11453] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Marvin J. Henshaw1,2,3,4 [Jesse Marvin Henshaw2].

Born Nov - 1912, Texas.3,4,5  Born Jesse Marvin, he changed his name to Marvin J. when he joined the army.2  He was known as Marvin,1 but everybody called him by his nickname, "Preacher".1,2  

Preacher was in the U.S. 5th Cavalry and led the first wave of the assault on Los Negros Island in the Admiraltys, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.  General Douglas MacArthur personally came ashore (on Mar 1?) to award Preacher the Distinguished Service Cross.2,6,7,8  Service #1031248.9  

Marvin J. Henshaw died Apr 6 1944.4,9,10  Marvin died in service during World War II1,9,11 (drowned).2  He is listed on the "Tablets of the Missing" at Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Manila, Philippines.9,10  Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star.9,10  

The Oct 14 1944 issue of The Saturday Evening Post described his demise:2

Fate was crowding him....  He drowned two weeks later, trying to save the lives of four fever-weakened men.  A big sea had filled a barge coming down the south beach of Manus Island and swamped her".

There is a memorial stone for Marvin in Willow Cemetery in Haskell, Texas,4 but it is uncertain if his remains are actually buried there or somewhere in the Pacific.2  

For an excellent article on Marvin's involvement in the battle of Los Negros Island see:

(photo)Photo: 2nd Lieutenant Marvin J. Henshaw being decorated by General Douglas MacArthur Feb 29 1944, as the first man ashore on the Admiralty Island 12,13

(photo)Photo: Death of Marvin J. Henshaw "Abilene Reporter News" (Abilene, Texas), Apr 19 1944 14

(photo)Photo: Jesse Marvin Henshaw memorial stone Willow Cemetery 4


  1. Contribution from Colleen (Scott) Young ().
  2. Contribution from Jerry Lynn Henshaw.
  3. 1940 census, Justice Precinct 1, Haskell County, Texas; roll T627-4059, ED 104-4, page 4B-5A, line #75, household #78.
  5. 1920 census, Precinct 3, Haskell County, Texas; roll T625-1816, ED 133, page 4B, line #73, dwelling #58, family #73.
  6. U.S. Army, Center of Military History:
  7. U.S. Army, Center of Military History:
  8. U.S. Army, Center of Military History:
  9. American Battle Monuments Commission:
  10. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas;
  11. Obituary of James Washington Henshaw.
  12. By US Army [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons:
  13. "Abilene Reporter News", Oct 14 1945;
  14. "Abilene Reporter News", Apr 19 1944;

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