ARTHUR J HENSINGER
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HONORED ON PANEL 30E, LINE 84 OF THE WALL

ARTHUR JAMES HENSINGER

WALL NAME

ARTHUR J HENSINGER

PANEL / LINE

30E/84

DATE OF BIRTH

05/20/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/25/1967

HOME OF RECORD

EMMAUS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lehigh County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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LEFT FOR ARTHUR JAMES HENSINGER
POSTED ON 5.11.2020

Final Mission of SP4 Arthur J. Hensinger

On November 24, 1967, the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) launched a large-scale ambush on a 54th Transportation Battalion convoy on Highway QL-19 near Le Trung, eleven miles east of Pleiku in Pleiku Province, RVN. The westbound convoy consisted of forty-three 5-ton cargo trucks, fifteen 2 ½-ton trucks, and a maintenance truck under the protection of six gun trucks and three gun jeeps. At 10:05 AM, the assistant driver in the lead 2 ½-ton gun truck spotted ten paper bags spaced across the road and recognized them as fertilizer mines. The driver floored the gas pedal as the two machine gunners in the rear box opened fire with their M60 machine guns. A B-40 rocket-propelled grenade slammed into the front end, blowing off the left tire and part of the wheel. The gun truck slid to a halt twenty-five yards short of the mines. With the radio blaring, “Contact! Contact! Contact!,” the next 5-ton truck loaded with small arms ammunition down shifted, pulled out of line, and roared around the damaged gun truck, unaware of the daisy chain fertilizer mines ahead. The mines blew off its front end, and the truck swerved out of control off to the right side of the road. The enemy disabled two more vehicles, completely blocking Route QL-19. Down the line, another gun truck was hit by a B-40, sending it out of control and upside down in a ditch. One of 5,000-gallon fuel tankers in the front of the convoy burst into flames, spilling its burning contents down the road for 700 yards. Pallets of ammunition on the backs of other trucks began to cook off. NVA sappers ran up to the vehicles, climbed atop and placed demolition charges on the cargo, then fired down on the drivers hiding in the grass along the road. Drivers returned fire, knocking the enemy off their trucks into the wreckage littering the road. Only the last two gun trucks remained undamaged. The convoy drivers and the gun trucks fought back, fixing the enemy in place while 4th Infantry Division tanks and armored personnel carriers from Check Point 91 West arrived and flanked the enemy. The NVA damaged fourteen trucks, including four gun trucks, and killed two drivers, SP4 Arthur J. Hensinger and PFC Robert L. Sas; seventeen others were wounded. The NVA lost forty-one of their own killed and four captured. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Convoy Ambush Case Studies” (2006) by Richard E. Killblane, Transportation Corps Historian]
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POSTED ON 5.16.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Arthur Hensinger, Thank you for your service as a Light Vehicle Driver. Your 72nd birthday is soon, happy birthday. Watch over America, it still needs your courage. Rest in Peace with the Angels.
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POSTED ON 11.15.2015
POSTED BY: James Heckenberger III

Thank you

Dear Arthur,
Today my mother told me about you, the day before, I had gone to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. not knowing your name was upon the Wall of the Fallen. As is my custom, I want to say thank you for your sacrifice, and without it, this Nation could not have hoped to live. I love you, my great uncle!
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POSTED ON 11.1.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Arthur James Hensinger, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 5.2.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Arthur is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Emmaus, Lehigh County,PA.
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