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Alumni Profile

Maj. Gen. William A. Henderson

Bachelor of Science, History, 1964.

After receiving his degree from EMU, Maj. Gen. Henderson was commissioned by the U.S. Marine Corps. at the height of the Vietnam War. He was assigned to the 3rd Marine Air Wing in Chui Lai, South Vietnam in 1967. From Oct., 1968 to May, 1969, he flew 125 combat missions over South Vietnam, Laos and North Vietnam. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1970, he joined the Michigan Air National Guard where he was eventually promoted to Major General and worked for General Motors as a professional corporate pilot, chief pilot and director of flight operations for nearly 30 years. He retired from GM in 2003. Maj. Gen. Henderson resides in Ypsilanti, MI, with his spouse, Francine Henderson, who is also an EMU alumna.

William A. Henderson (BS64)