Marine Maj. Henry Courtney Jr. received the Medal of Honor posthumously for leading a daring assault on Okinawa's Sugar Loaf Hill in May 1945. COURTESY OF COURT STOREY
Marine Maj. Henry Courtney Jr. received the Medal of Honor posthumously for leading a daring assault on Okinawa's Sugar Loaf Hill in May 1945. COURTESY OF COURT STOREY

In ‘happy ending’ for family, Marine’s Medal of Honor returns home to Minnesota

by Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Pennsylvania nonprofit dedicated to educating Americans about citizenship and community service has fulfilled a family’s wishes and shipped a Marine hero’s Medal of Honor home for display.

The medal — earned by Maj. Henry Courtney Jr. on the bloody slopes of Okinawa’s Sugar Loaf Hill — arrived in Courtney’s hometown of Duluth, Minn., by secure courier shortly before it was announced May 15, according to a statement by the St. Louis County Historical Society and members of Courtney’s family.

The society’s Veterans Memorial Hall museum will house the award. The medal was loaned to the society by the Valley Forge-based Freedoms Foundation following a request by Courtney’s descendants.

The medal for now is in a secure vault, Courtney’s nephew Court Storey, who was named for the Medal of Honor recipient, wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes. An installation ceremony and public reception is scheduled May 29 to officially place the medal in the museum gallery.

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