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Henry Emerson Ford

Born: 1/7/1918

Died: 8/17/1994

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Henry (Hank) Emerson Ford passed away peacefully at home in Sacramento, California on August 17. He was 76 years old. He was a retired Mjsgt. In the U.S. Air Force.

He was born on January 7, 1918 in Hartshorne, Oklahoma to William A. Ford and Analaurie James.

Henry’s grandfathers on his mother’s side of the family was Emerson James, a full blood Choctaw who was born in 1854 at Fort Townson, Indian Territory.

When he was fifteen years old he joined the Mounted Indian police and served as Light horseman. He later became a Deputy U.S. Marshal, he was known as Peacemaker. His jurisdiction was from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Indian Territory. Emerson James was shot dead in an ambush on Election Day on August 6, 1895 in Hartshorne, Indian Territory.

The father of Henry E. Ford was a McAlester Oklahoma deputy Sheriff who was shot and killed by an escaping prisoner in the August 1941 State Penitentiary breakout.

Henry E. Ford attended school at Jones Academy and Chilocco Indian Agricultural and Trade School. He graduated from there in 1937 and then attended Arkansas City Junior College for two years where he studied Liberal Arts.

On September 14, 1939 he enlisted in the Army- Air Corps. During World War II he was an Aircraft Technician handling all types of repair and mechanic work. Sometimes he flew as a tail gunner. He worked on B-17 aircraft he was crew chief and responsible for the entire ship. He was aircraft inspector for P-47’s. he worked on B-24’s and serviced the planes of the 366th Fighter Group at Emergency Landing Strip one, at Grand Camp France, where he met General Doolittle who was flying a P-38 at the time.

Some of the Battles and Campaigns Henry E. Ford took part in were Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Air Offensive Europe. Included in his decorations are the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon 414 Bronze Battle Stars, 5 Overseas Bars, Good conduct Medal and Merit Unit Award. He spent 30 years in the United States Air Force and retired at McClellan Air Force in 1971.

Survivors include his wife, Rosaline and four sons, Ralph, Jim, Jonathan and Morgan