Aderholt, Henry, SGT Fallen
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67A-Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
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Aviation (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1969-1970, 67A, 52nd Aviation Battalion/119th Aviation Company
Service Years
1968 - 1970


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Casualty Date
Dec 12, 1972
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Dinh
Vietnam War
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US Army52nd Aviation BattalionUS Army
  1969-1970, 67A, 17th Aviation Group
  1969-1970, 67A, 52nd Aviation Battalion
  1969-1970, 67A, 52nd Aviation Battalion/119th Aviation Company
 Combat and Operations History
  1969-1970 Vietnam War
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

According to a supplement to the unit history of the 119th Aviation Company and additional notes from his sister Karen, at 1415 hours, 14 February 1970, While on a resupply mission of Landing Zone (LZ) Challenge for the 4th Infantry Division and its sub-elements, a helicopter with call sign "Gator 586" (Tail number 66-16586) was on a short final to the Alpha element with resupplies when they came under heavy fire. Specialist 4 Aderholt, the door gunner, was hit in the abdomen with a single shot from an enemy AK-47. As the aircraft lifted off the LZ, SP4 Aderholt fell off, landing on his back.

Due to the intense ground fire, SP4 Aderholt told the infantrymen to tell the Gator slicks to wait for gunship cover before re-entering the LZ so the men in his unit would not risk their lives for his. Finally evacuated, SP4 Aderholt was taken to Camp Holloway and then to the 67th Evacuation Hospital in Quin Nhon for emergency surgery. He was then transferred to the 106th General Hospital in Japan for recovery.

After his release from Active Duty on 30 December 1970, he resided in Birmingham, Alabama. He survived another two years as a fully disabled veteran and succumbed to complications from his gunshot wound.

On Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, at the annual ceremony at The Wall, his name was 'officially' added to the Wall when the name Henry Lester Aderholt was read along with the four other names being inscribed that year.

He was married on October 29, 1966 and was survived by Judy Woodall Aderholt. More information and photos for Henry Lester "Hingie" Aderholt are posted on the Find A Grave website.

Birth:  May 20, 1947
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Death:  Dec. 12, 1972
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA

►... On Memorial Day May 30th, 2011 - Hingies name was added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
His name is on panel 12W line 83...◄

♥.~.♥ Cherished Husband of Judy ♥.~.♥

I met Henry Aderholt in the 10th grade at Hewitt Trussville High School in Trussville, Alabama. We wrote love notes to each other in my 11th grade history book and began dating soon after school was out for the summer.
We married on October 29, 1966 and he went into the army in January 1968.
We met in Hawaii in 1969 for R&R and he returned to Vietnam and was shot in February 1970. He was released from the Army in late 1970 with wounds to his abdomen and spinal cord. He died on December 12, 1972 of the abdominal wounds. Although I remarried for a short time and had 2 children, Henry was my first and best love and still to this day (38 years later) remains the love of my life.

Written by Judy Woodall


My Darling Older Brother...

Henry Lester Aderholt was the only son born to Margaret Ann (Shepherd) Aderholt and Lester "Red" Aderholt.
He was the grandson of Henry Hunter Shepherd Sr. and Daisy Margaret (Grant) Shepherd. At this time I am not able to find the records his Paternal grand parents.

He was raised on the Shepherd family dairy farm in Pinson Alabama.

Hingie- as I called him this because I was little and couldn't say 'Henry Lester"- grew up in a large extended with three Aunts and five Uncles.

Hingies father 'Red" Aderholt was diagnosed with bi-lateral tuberculosis in the early 1950's. Red died in August 1955.

Family and cousins and friends were always coming and going in our Grandmothers household.

He grew up loving horses, and was an expert rider. He could- when he liked- ride without benefit of saddle or bridle. He and cousins were always out on the horses. He also worked in the family dairy business. Hard working from a young age, he could carry a new calf on his shoulders by the time he was 14.

He grew into a handsome broad shouldered young man. In High School he met Judy Woodall and they were Sweethearts all thru school. She would later become his sweet bubbly bride. They married October 29th, 1966.

Hingie left for his first tour of Vietnam a brief 18 months after they were married. His photo up on the right was taken in Cam Rhan Bay Vietnam in 1967.
He began his military service as a mechanic and truck driver. But he soon found with his excellent marksmanship skills he could be a door-gunner on a Huey helicopter. They called the 'Copters "Slicks".

He was a member of the 119th Assault Helicopter Company stationed at Camp Holloway. They were the 'Gators and Crocs". They also assumed the name of "God's Own Lunatics".
This is what the Huey crews were called as they would often be found flying in to a Hot LZ, under heavy weapon fire, to pick up fighters on the ground. Taking their life into their hands.

Doing this he found a job he could do well and provide a lifeline to those troops on the ground. He had also planned on using the skills he acquired there and becoming a licensed helicopter pilot after the war.

In early 1970, on a mission to deliver supplies, under harrowing conditions and under heavy ground fire, Hingie was shot and severely wounded.

After undergoing multiple surgeries he received an Honourable Discharge. He was awarded the 'Air Medal', the 'ARCOM Medal, 'Vietnam Service Medal', and two 'Purple Hearts'.

But due to the appalling internal injuries he suffered in the Pleiku Valley in Vietnam... He died in December of 1972.

His beloved wife Judy, our Mama and and I were there with him as he slowly slipped free of these these Earthly bonds.

Hingie was 25 years old.

Family links: 
  Lester Aderholt (1907 - 1955)
  Margaret Ann Shepherd Hopkins (1919 - 1977)
Sunrise Memory Gardens
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: Karen Hopkins
Originally Created by: Brenda Godwin
Record added: Apr 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18736739

henry aderholt vietnam wall.JPGThe name of U.S. Army Sgt. Henry Lester Aderholt recently was added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington.

Birmingham native and Vietnam veteran Henry Lester Aderholt died as a result of injuries he suffered during the war. But his name has not been on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington -- until now.

Aderholt's name and the names of four other servicemen recently were added to the Wall and will be read out loud during today's Memorial Day celebration in the nation's capital.

[Henry L. Aderholt on the Virtual Wall]

Aderholt was a gunner in the Army's 119th Assault Helicopter Company when he was shot from his helicopter and fell onto the landing zone below. He quickly urged the helicopter to secure the area before picking him up, sacrificing his safety for that of his fellow troops, according to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Virtual Wall website.

He was left partially paralyzed from the single gunshot wound to his abdomen. Two years after his return to the United States, he died of complications resulting from his wound.

His name was not among the list of the dead-and-missing engraved on the Wall when it was made because he died later from his wounds and because he died at a civilian hospital, said Judy Woodall, who was married to Aderholt from 1966 until his death in 1972.

[Find a Grave memorial]

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Outreach Coordinator Martin Kobylarczyk said most of the names that have been added are cases that fell through the cracks when the Wall originally was constructed.

Aderholt's name already has been sand-blasted onto the Wall. It joins the other names on Panel 12 West, on Line 83, close to where it would have appeared originally based on his date of death.


It is "time for my husband to be honored the way he should have been a long time ago," Woodall said. She is attending today's Memorial Day celebration at the Wall and will be leading those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Aderholt was raised in Pinson. After his father died of tuberculosis, he moved to live on his grandmother's dairy farm, attending Hewitt-Trussville High School and Tarrant High School, where he briefly played football. Mostly, he enjoyed working on cars. Always the outdoorsman, Aderholt taught his younger sister, now Karen Hopkins, how to ride and shoot.

"I fired the gun and landed square on my butt," Hopkins said. "He said, 'Do it again.' He gave me one of my first rifles."

At Hewitt-Trussville High, Aderholt met Judy Woodall in the back of their lunch-period classroom. Woodall, who had home economics before lunch, would give him blueberry muffins. She even let him share her history book when he claimed he didn't have one. Woodall said they wrote love letters to one another in the book.

"He was real strong, so strong he could pick up a motorcycle with somebody on it," Woodall remembers.

They were married in 1966. Shortly afterward, Aderholt began work at a Chevrolet parts station in north Birmingham while continuing to work at the dairy farm. Then the draft letter came.

He passed his physical, and instead of waiting to be called into service, Aderholt enlisted in the Army. Basic training behind him, Aderholt was stationed in Cam Rahn Bay in 1968.

It was during R&R in Hawaii with his wife that Aderholt decided he would return to the service after his tour of duty had ended.

"He felt like it was his duty," Woodall said. "He wanted to help the guys in the field, felt like it was what he was called to do. He loved his country, and he loved his family. He wanted to do his part in protecting both."

Aderholt was the gunner during a resupply mission for the 4th Infantry Division when he was shot. He underwent surgery at an Army hospital, but he remained paralyzed from his wounds. Released from the service in December 1970, Aderholt returned home. He and Woodall built a house near Warrior, but Aderholt died of complications from his injury in December 1972.

[YouTube memorial]

"He was 6 feet tall and 180 pounds of tall and muscular," his sister, Karen Hopkins, said. "He died at 70 pounds."

He died surrounded by his family, unlike many during the war. "I was there with him when he died," Hopkins said. "So glad he got to come out and be with us."

It wasn't until Woodall became involved with the Gold Star Wives of America, an organization for military widows and widowers, that she seriously began the process of getting Aderholt's name added to the Wall. The Vietnam Veterans Fund asked family to provide military and medical records verifying Aderholt's case before adding him to the Wall.

"When the Wall first came out, I thought they would have added it automatically, but they didn't," Woodall said. "I should have done it before."

After nine months, Woodall and Hopkins had gotten Aderholt's name approved.

"I just wanted to get the recognition out there that he deserves," Hopkins said.

With the five names added to the wall this year, 58,272 service members are recognized on the memorial as either having been killed or missing in action.

Henry Lester Aderholt
  Home of Record:  Birmingham, AL
  Date of birth:   05/20/1947

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  Service:         Army of the United States
  Grade at loss:   E5
  Rank:            Sergeant
  ID No:           12939575 
  MOS:             67A1F: Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice (Flight Qual)
  Length Service:  02
  Unit:            119TH AHC, 52ND AVN BN, 17TH AVN GROUP, 1ST AVIATION BDE, USARV

  Start Tour:      
  Incident Date:   02/14/1970
  Casualty Date:   12/12/1972
  Age at Loss:     25 (based on date declared dead)
  Location:        Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died of wounds
  Casualty Reason: Helicopter - Crew
  Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land


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