Henry Salutes America’s Most Decorated Living Veteran

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posted on May 28, 2024
Henry Repeating Arms

On May 16, during the NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction in Dallas, Texas, that preceded opening of the 2024 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits the President of Henry Repeating Arms—one of America’s leading firearms manufacturers—took the stage. There, he made a special announcement.

He presented U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, America’s most decorated living veteran, with limited-edition New Original Silver Deluxe Engraved Henry Repeating Arms rifle in honor of his service and to underscore the company’s commitment to honoring American heroes and celebrating their legacy. Gen. Brady, a native Texan, is one of only two living veterans to hold both the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s highest and second-highest military awards.

Brady served as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, flying two tours of duty, the first with the 57th Medical Detachment and the second with the 54th Medical Detachment. During his two tours, Brady flew more than 2,000 combat missions and evacuated more than 5,000 wounded. His Medal of Honor citation, awarded for actions on Jan. 6, 1968, reads in part, "...Maj. Brady distinguished himself while serving in the Republic of Vietnam commanding a UH-1H ambulance helicopter, volunteered to rescue wounded men from a site in enemy held territory which was reported to be heavily defended and to be blanketed by fog... Throughout that day Maj. Brady utilized 3 helicopters to evacuate a total of 51 seriously wounded men, many of whom would have perished without prompt medical treatment."

“It is heroes like General Brady who inspire us to strive for excellence in all pursuits and to commit ourselves to the values we hold dear,” said Andrew Wickstrom, president of Henry Repeating Arms. “He exemplifies courage and the highest level of devotion to his team and the world around him, which should stand as a model for all Americans. In honor of his service and dedication, I am privileged to present this symbol of our appreciation and unending respect—a rifle that embodies the always-reaching spirit of our workforce.”

The 1-of-1,000 New Original Henry Silver Deluxe Engraved rifle, the crown jewel of the Henry Repeating Arms catalog, embodies the spirit of tradition and craftsmanship that the company is renowned for. It features exquisite engraving, highly figured genuine American walnut furniture and a period-correct octagonal blued steel barrel polished to a mirror-like finish. Based on the original patent for the world’s first successful repeating rifle, the piece was chosen as a symbol of the company’s gratitude for Gen. Brady’s contributions to the nation and the freedoms for which it stands.

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