A Salute To Our Service, Fire & Police Personnel - December 2018
BURLEN RAY HENSLEY
U.S. Navy - World War II
Corporal - U.S. Army - Korea
Burlen R. Hensley was born July 10, 1923 in Greene County, Tennessee, the third of five children born to Cornelius and Jettie Hardin Hensley. Between 1930 and 1940 Cornelius relocated his family to the Madison District of Charlotte County, Virginia, where they remained, farming.
Following the entrance of the United States into World War II Burlen registered for the Draft in 1942.
The following year, on March 8, 1943, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and entered the war effort. He served his nation fervently until his discharge on February 5, 1946, at which time he returned home to Charlotte County.
After the war the tensions remained in Southeastern Asia and we soon found ourselves facing a conflict on the Korean peninsula. Two and one-half years after his discharge from the Navy, Burlen found himself filled with patriotic duty and enlisted into the U. S. Army on October 14, 1948. Once again he served his country honorably as it became embroiled in the Korean Conflict. Discharged from the Army on July 26, 1952 Burlen, for the second time, came home to his family in Virginia.
Two years later Burlen entered into wedlock with Verna Blanche White and was blessed with a family, who still reside in Charlotte County. His granddaughter currently carries on the Hensley family's legacy of military service with her service in the U.S. Navy.
Burlen Hensley was called from this life after 75 years on March 16, 2008 and was laid to rest in the Eureka Baptist Church Cemetery, Keysville, Charlotte County, VA.