James A Henderson – Lieutenant, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report

James A. Henderson, 33, a former Navy pilot who had flown for United Airlines since last year, died November 9, 1998  while diving alone in a water-filled underground cave near Trenton, Florida. Local authorities said it was an accidental drowning.

Mr. Henderson lived in the Washington area on and off from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. He was a graduate of W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County and an honors graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

He received a master’s degree in strategic planning from Georgetown University.

He commanded patrol planes and was assigned to a logistics support squadron in Rota, Spain, during the Gulf War and Bosnia operations. Since joining United Airlines, he had lived in St. Petersburg, Florida.

He was born in Scotland, where his father was posted by the Navy.

He taught flying at regional airports and participated in dives of theMaritime Archeological and Historical Society to shipwrecks.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Henderson, from whom he was separated, and their son, James A. Henderson, both of Seville, Spain; his father, retired Capt. Donald Henderson of Fairfax; two brothers, Michael  Henderson of St. Petersburg and Sean Henderson of Houston; and two sisters, Donna Pearman of Montrose, West Virginia.


On November 9, 1998, in Florida, JAMES A. HENDERSON, beloved son of Donald Henderson, Capt. USN (Ret.) and the late Billee Marie Henderson. Father of James A. Henderson. Brother of Michael and Sean Henderson and Donna Pearman and Sandra Dugan. He is also survived by his wife, Maria Alejandra Osborne Henderson. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at 11 a.m. at Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel. Inurnment Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium with full military honors.

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