The Papers of Major John Stanley Henderson, 2003 | Luther College Archives

Collection Overview

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ID: LCA/RG15/Henderson, J

Primary Creator: Fisher, Robert Edmond (1932-)

Extent: 0.01 Linear Feet. More info below.

Subjects: Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Alumni and alumnae, World War, 1939-1945

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Collection contains a memorial book on Major John Stanley Henderson written by his son-in-law, Robert Edmond Fisher (husband of Astrid Eline Henderson Fisher).

Collection Historical Note

Major John Stanley Henderson was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 29, 1919. He graduated from Luther College on June 2, 1941. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduation and served two tours of duty in the South Pacific during World War II, notably as dive bomber pilot at Guadalcanal. Major Henderson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. He died in a jet crash on April 29, 1952, while preparing to depart for a tour of duty in Korea.

Biographical Note

Robert Fisher was born in 1932. He is the son-in-law of Maj. John Stanley Henderson, Luther College who graduated from Luther College in 1941. He married Astrid Eline Henderson and researched the career of her father.

Subject/Index Terms

Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) - Alumni and alumnae
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Repository: Luther College Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 folder

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for researcher use.

Use Restrictions: Though we may hold the property rights, Luther College Archives does not hold the copyrights for all materials. Individuals may use materials for non-commercial, private use, but commercial users must secure permissions from the copyright holders and/or Luther College Archives to reproduce, publish, or quote protected materials and photographs. For more information about the Luther College copyright and fair use policy, please visit

Related Materials: The papers of Maj. Henderson are located at the National Air and Space Museum Archives. For more information please see

Preferred Citation: Cite unpublished materials: Major John Stanley Henderson Papers, RG15 Manuscripts, Luther College Archives, Decorah, Iowa

Finding Aid Revision History:

11/18/19: EC updated the preferred citation.

2/12/24: HJ updated the biographical/historical note, added a creator, corrected some information, added language, subject headings, restriction information, and information about related materials.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box H: Personal Papers, Single Files],

Box H: Personal Papers, Single FilesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "Major John Stanley Henderson (USMCR) (April 29, 1919-April 29, 1952): Dive-Bombing Hero of Guadalcanal" by Robert Edmond Fisher, 2003Add to your cart.
Book is signed by Fisher.