Military veteran recognized for service decades after death

Courtesy: MGN
Courtesy: MGN

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota businessman who served in the Spanish-American War is finally receiving military recognition nearly half a century after his death.

The Aberdeen News reports Thomas Jefferson Henegar's family will be able to place a military marker on his headstone at Riverside Memorial Cemetery in May after a lengthy journey to verify his military service.

Cindy Mohr, Henegar's granddaughter, says the records of his service were destroyed in a 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.

After years of research, Mohr made a breakthrough when she unearthed a photo of Henegar in uniform wearing two small medals given out for service in the Spanish-American War. Sen. John Thune's office assisted in the research by requesting the necessary military records.

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