KIA November 6, 2006
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Died November 6, 2006 along with his fellow soldier, when their AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed in Balad, Iraq.
Miles Henderson became an Army aviator because he wanted to help avenge the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. “He always said if something happened to him to tell everyone he was proud to serve his country,” his wife said. “He was honored to be there. He said he worked with a wonderful group of guys. I know he would have gone there even if he knew it would turn out this way. He was one of those who believed he was making things safer for all of us.”
Excerpt from Miles’ mother, Terry Henderson …
“He was a scholar who hated school but was salutatorian of his class. He loved the camaraderie of his friends more than anything. He had a huge heart full of compassion and drive. He worked harder to accomplish his goals than anyone else. Always almost the smallest player in the district, he fought to be the biggest encourager for his football teammates. He attended Western State College in Colorado for one semester, that was until his ski lift ticket ran out! Then he returned to Texas to work at Amarillo Artificial Limb and Brace with his dear friends and mentors there. He enlisted because he loved God, his family and his country and was proud and honored to serve each. He worked extremely hard to qualify for flight school and was very proud of what he was doing. He leaves behind his parents, his sister and his wife and a host of family and friends who love and miss him, but know that now, specially now, in heaven, his motto- “No Worries” is absolutely true.”
CW2 Miles Henderson 24 years old from Canadian, Texas.
Original portrait was presented May 16, 2008 to his parents during a special Gold Star family memorial event held in Amarillo, Texas.
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