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Henry Claybrook Lester, Jr.

Second Lieutenant, Marine Corps

Born: September 21, 1924
Hometown: Martinsville, VA
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: June 17, 1944
Died In: Martinsville, Virginia

Second Lieutenant Lester served with the Marines Naval Air Training Center (NATC) in Corpus Christi, Texas.

“Claybrook” graduated from Martinsville High School in 1942 where he ¬†participated in varsity basketball, football and golf and he was a member of the Hi-Y club. ¬†He entered the US Navy preflight school at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as an aviation cadet and he was sent to the Marines NATC.

Lt. Lester and Ensign Stephen Lloyd Mitchell, Jr. of Martinsville, Virginia, were both killed in the same aviation accident on June 17, 1944.

He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Martinsville, Virginia.

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