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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
Source: Unit Shipment 10143-D, 23d HQ, from le Havre 23 June 1945; Ghost Army roster by state;

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.


1930 census

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

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