First Sergeant, United States Army
HENZMAN, COURIER FOR GENERAL WOOD, DEAD
Served Him 28 Years as Soldier or Civilian - With Army Since 1887
WASHINGTON, January 4, 1934 Conrad Henzman, Swiss immigrant, top Sergeant in the Army for years and trusted courier of the late Major General Leonard Wood, died here yesterday at the age of 67. Since his retirement from the Army in 1908 he had been a civilian employee of the War Department.
Mr. Henzman came to this country at the age of 14 and enlisted in the Army in 1887, when he was 21. Twelve years later his association with General Wood began when he reported at Santiago, Cuba, for duty. From then until 1927 his service with General Wood was almost continuous.
He was a mounted orderly at Santiago and for four years at Havana served in the same capacity at Zamboango and Manila in the Philippines from June 1903 to March 1908. During this period he participated in nearly all the Moro campaigns in Sulu, Lanao and Cotabato and in many engagements.
On General Wood’s return to the United States as commanding general of the Eastern Department in 1908, Mr. Henzman continued to act as his confidential messenger, although he had been retired from the Army and was a civilian employee of the Quartermaster Corps. When General Wood became Chief of Staff in 1910, Henzman came to Washington with him. He accompanied him from the capital to Charleston, South Carolina; Funston, Kansas, and in the World War days to France.
In 1921, after General Wood has gone to the Philippines as Governor General he sent for Henzman, who acted as his messenger and clerk until 1927, when Henzman returned to this country to establish a home.
Surviving him is his widow, Mrs. Johanna Henzman.
Burial will take place in Arlington National
Cemetery with full military honors.
HENZMAN, JOHANNA W/O CONRAD
Posted: 7 December 2007