Vietnam Veteran "Happy" awarded Purple Heart

- His name is Henzly N. Harrison, but everyone knows him by the nickname that has aptly described his disposition since birth, “Happy.” 

Happy’s mother said that he never cried and has been happy his entire life. 

Happy is a Vietnam Veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart. He humbly declined to discuss how he received his Purple Heart, but was quick to say, “I was very proud to have served, because it was an investment in America and an investment in our future well-being. I was glad to have shed blood for my country and I thank my fellow Veterans, all those who served. We are brothers and sisters.”

He joined the Army in 1965 and served with the 25th Division as a forward scout in the Pleiku Mountains in Vietnam from 1965 through 1967. Following graduation from MTA Trucking School, Happy began working for Ryder Trucking in Greensboro.

Happy is a four-year resident of the Community Living Center at the Salisbury VA Medical Center. 

According to the VA Medical Center, Happy also likes to write poetry. 

Here is a poem that he recited by memory:

My heart knows all
Old gaze doubt upon that crest
Tattooed upon the robin’s breast
And do you see the willow tree
Swaying so buoyantly
And what about the ants alone
Working on their tiny homes
I stand for hours upon this hill
Listening to the whippoorwill
Rich man, poor man, hurried man, worried man
What would you give if you could quote
A single note
Of birds in raptor’s song
Or hark to nature all life long
Although you say this can’t be
For I have no eyes to see
Look into my bosom deep
For the secret that I keep
My heart knows all

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