Henry Clay Dillard
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Funeral services for Henry Clay Dillard, 64, of Hopkinsville were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Gamble Funeral Home in Hopkinsville.

The Rev. Perry Greenwade officiated at the services. Burial followed in the Kentucky Vet. Cemetery Tuesday, January 19, 1010.

Mr. Dillard died at 6:40 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2010 at his residence of natural causes.

Mr. Dillard was born December 23, 1945 in Cadiz. He was the son of the late Nathaniel and Rosie Bell Jones Dillard.

Mr. Dillard was self-employed. He was a member of the Little River Baptist Church. He was in the United States Marine Corps.

CPL Dillard enlisted in the Marine Corps on the 28 December 1963 and underwent recruit training at parries Island, South Carolina until April 1964, at which time he was transferred to Camp Pendleton, Calif.. In May 1965, CPL Dillard was transferred to Okinawa, where he served until August 1965. He served his first tour of duty in Vietnam from August 1965 until June 1966, at which time he was reassigned to Camp LeJeune, North Carolina until September 1966, when he was further assigned to Camp Pendleton.

CPL Dillard volunteered for a second tour of duty in Vietnam and was transferred there in November 1966. He remained in Vietnam until December 1967, when he was returned to the Marine Corps Sir Station, El Toro, Calif., for release to inactive duty in the Marine Corps Reserve on the 14 December 1961.

In addition to the Navy Cross, CPL Dillard has been award the following: The Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service medal (3 battle stars), Vietnam Campaign medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

Since his release from active duty, CPL Dillard has been employed at the Star Service, Station, clay Street, Louisville.

Survivors include three daughters; Cecelia Williams, Sharita Dillard, Oak Grove, Celita Dillard, Louisville, two sons, Nakia Dillard, Fredonia, Henry C. Dillard Jr., Louisville, three brothers E.D. Dillard, city, Charles Nathan Dillard, city, Mack Norse Dillard, city, four sisters, Lucy Mae Bacon, Virginia Lee McCombs both of the city, Johnnie Wilson, Louisville, Carolyn J. Dillard, Riverdale, Ga., 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
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