John J. Hennessey
|John J. Hennessey|
General John J. Hennessey
|Born||August 20, 1921
|Died||March 20, 2001
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1944–1979|
|Commands held||Readiness Command
101st Airborne Division
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star with "V" (4)
Air Medal (5)
|Other work||Board of Trustees, University of Tampa|
After attending Saint Mary's University of Minnesota for three years, Hennessey enrolled in the United States Military Academy and graduated in 1944, receiving his commission in the infantry. He deployed to the Europe Theater, serving as a platoon leader and company commander.
In the Korean War he served on the staff of I Corps. By the Vietnam War he was a battalion commander in the 11th Air Assault Division, later serving as executive officer of the division's 1st Brigade. When the 11th Air Assault Division was converted to the 1st Cavalry Division (Air Mobile) in 1965, he accompanied that unit to Vietnam as executive officer of the 1st Brigade, later becoming brigade commander after being promoted to full colonel. As a brigadier general he served as assistant division commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, then became assistant division commander of the 101st Airborne Division, deploying with that unit to Vietnam as its commander in 1970.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Aviator Badge and Master Parachutist badge.
- Defense Distinguished Service Medal
- Army Distinguished Service Medal
- Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
- Bronze Star with Combat V and three oak leaf clusters
- Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Post military career
After retiring from the Army, Hennessey served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Tampa and was executive director of the Tampa Bay Area Research and Development Authority under the University of South Florida.
Hennessey died of a stroke on March 20, 2001 at the age of 79.
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