HENRY J. WALLACE , 91, passed away Monday, April 20, 2009 at home. He was the beloved husband of the late Laurence F. (Fortin) Wallace. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of the late William and Delia (Molquin) Wallace.
As World War II US Air Corps veteran. Henry was a Bataan Death March survivor, and a Japanese Prisoner of War for 3 1/2 years.
He was the recipient of the Purple Heart; Bronze Star and RI Cross.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Lawrence Redmond Chapter 3 and National of the DAV Commanders and Adjutant's Association ; Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor; American Ex-Prisoners of War, and was a lifelong active member of the RI Democratic Party.
Henry was the Director of Commercial Code for the State of RI for over twenty years until retiring. He leaves a son, Richard C. Wallace of Seekonk; three daughters, Lorraine M. Wallace of Seekonk, Donna M. Wallace of East Greenwich and Elizabeth A. Hall of East Providence and three grandchildren, Patrick and Matthew Hall and Emma Wallace. He was the father of the late Henry J. Wallace and the brother of the late Thomas, Howard, William Wallace, Ethel Lamaroy and Dorothy Brown.
Henry J. Wallace was laid to rest at Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Services with Military Honors
was provided and to include the following DAV Deparment Officers present to render their last respect to a fallen hero. Included was James Brennan (who is a surviver of the Battan March and prisoner of war for 3 1/2 years. Commander James Robbins both of the DAV State and Chapter 3 led the delegation. Also present was Department Chaplains Edward Morris (Chapter 22); Assistant Chaplain Thomas Paine (Chapter 12) which also also included Lawrence Redmond Chaplain Alex Gaudzien (Chapter 3); Department Past Department Commanders-Richard W. Schatz (Chapter 12) and Anthony Rodrigues (Chapter 9). Sgt At Arms for the Department included Joseph Cooke of Chapter 3. Additional 30 members of Chapter 3 were also present to honor Mr. Henry J. Wallace.