Henry Hernandez Trujillo
PFC in Signal Co, Special : Inst & Maint; Telephone & Wire
Military occupational specialty: 641 (field lineman)
Born 1924 in NM, Died 1995
Other residence(s): Albuquerque, NM
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: maintenance, mechanic's helper
Henry Trujillo was born on July 15, 1924 in Albuquerque, NM, the second of seven children. His parents had both been born in Mexico; his father worked for the railroad.
He finished two years of high school and went to work. On December 10, 1942, when he was just 18, he married Helen Chavez. When he registered for the draft the very next day, he reported that he was working at the Albuquerque Gas and Electric Power Plant, in the sawmill yard. He enlisted a few months after that, on March 8, 1943; his New Mexico discharge papers state that his civilian work was "maintenance/mechanic's helper."
He served in the Signal Company Special, working in the installation and maintenance of telephone wire in the European Theatre. He was discharged from the Army on September 25, 1945, with the rank of PFC, and went back to Albuquerque.
He likely worked at the Public Service Company (a NM utility company) for most if not all of his career. Records show him there as a helper in 1949, and as a fireman throughout the 1950s.
Henry and Helen were the parents of three children: Helen, Frances, and Henry, Jr. Henry was active in VFW Post #401, American Legion Post #99, the Knights of Columbus (where he was a 3rd degree Knight), and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
Helen died in 1987, and Henry in 1995. They are both buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
1942 marriage record
1942 draft card
1945 New Mexico World War II records
1949 US city directories, Albuquerque NM
1956 US city directories, Albuquerque NM
1995 obituary in the Albuquerque Journal (NM)
1995 Social Security applications and claims index (birth date doesn't match but SS# is the same as the SS death index record)
1995 Social Security death index
1995 Find a Grave record
1995 VA death record