April 10, 2000
Blue Hills Cemetary, Braintree, MA
Corporal HENRY F. HASTINGS U. S. M. C. R.
Served throughout WWII with C-1-23rd , 4th Marine Division
In the capture of enemy held islands of Roi, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima
Awarded the coveted Silver Star Medal for meritorious service in combat on 26 Feb 1945, in the invasion of Iwo Jima
Son of the late John V. and Mary I, Hastings
Beloved Brother of John, Paul, Mary, Grace, Alice, Barbara and Joan
Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God
Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for All.
National Anthem Words by Francis Scott Key 9/13/1814 Adopted 3/31/1931
O say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at
the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the
perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare , the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro' the
night that our flag was still there. Oh say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet
wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Lord our God, the death of our brother Henry, recalls our human condition
and the brevity of our lives on earth. But for those who believe in your love
death is not the end, nor does it destroy the bonds that you forge in our lives.
We share the faith of your Son's disciples and the hope of the children of God.
Bring the light of Christ's resurrection to this time of testing and pain as we pray
for Henry and for those who love him, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Time for remembering our brother Henry.
Semper Fidelis = Always faithful to God, Country, Corps and Marine
Amazing Grace Words by John Newton
23 year old Capt of slave ship turned minister.
Published nearly 300 poems, the most famous Amazing Grace (1725 - 1807)
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see,
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.
Through many dangers toils and snares, I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far And grace will lead me home.
Must Jesus bear the cross alone and all the world go free?
No, there's a cross for everyone and there's a cross for me.
When we've been there ten thousand years bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise, than when we first begun.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.
United States Marine Corps
Headquarters Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific
In the name of the President of the United States the Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, takes pleasure in awarding the Silver Star Medal to CORPORAL HENRY HASTINGS United States Marine Corps Reserve for service set forth in the following citation:
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as a signal corporal in a Marine Rifle company on IWO JIMA, VOLCANO ISLANDS, on 26 Fefruary, 1945. Corporal Hastings volunteered to lead a carrying party across a fireswept airfield to a rear dump area to obtain critically needed supplies. On the return trip, the party was pinned down by machine gun fire from a by-passed enemy pill box. Corporal HASTINGS exposed himself to the enemy fire to ascertain its limitations. He then crawled forward with a demolition charge and destroyed the enemy position and the personnel therein, thereby enabling the carrying party to complete its mission. His courage and conduct throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Signed H M Smith
U. S. Marine Corps
Reading: Second letter of Paul to the Corinthians 5.1
We know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven. verses 6-10 So we are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord. Therefore, we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil. This is the word of the Lord.
How Great Thou Art
O Lord my God ! When I in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds thy hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy pow'r throughout the universe displayed.
(Refrain): Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How great thou art, how great
Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, How great thou art, how great Thou art.
When through the woods and forest glades I wander And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze; R
And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin; R
When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration And there proclaim my God how great Thou art! R
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, Who art in Heaven hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
The Marine's Hymn
From the Halls of Montezuma To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.
Our flag's unfurled to every breeze From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job-- The United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps Which we are proud to serve
In many a strife we've fought for life And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded By United States Marines.
Presentation: United States Marines 1/25th/4th Marine Division Camp Edwards