Shown here are Lt. and Mrs. Earl Henry dining
two weeks before he departed on the last mission of the USS Indianapolis.
Mrs. Henry delivered their son a few weeks later.
Dr. Henry was the cruiser’s
dentist and the only Tennessee dentist who lost his life during
World War II. No one saw Lt. Commander Henry after the torpedoes
hit the cruiser.
Dr. Henry was a lover of birds and became
an accomplished bird illustrator and painter very late in his
short life. He painted only 30 pictures of birds. As a young
boy, he combed wooded areas to bird watch and began collecting
bird pictures from soda boxes. Dr. Henry learned to mount birds
for study and imitate bird calls. These bird calls are the only
sound Earl Henry Jr. has ever heard from his father’s voice.
Earl Henry Jr. was just six weeks old when he lost his father
to the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.
Earl Henry Jr. travels the country attending
community events and schools sharing the life of the father he
never knew. He sells prints and greeting cards featuring his
father’s bird paintings.