Friends remembered: Henry C. Cameron

friends remembered
Henry C. Cameron

Henry C. Cameron, 94, of North Little Rock, Ark., died Sept. 16, 2016.  Cameron was awarded the medal in 1938 in recognition of his actions of Aug. 21 of the year earlier, by which he rescued a 2-year-old boy from a well.  After the boy fell into the 20-foot-deep, dry well, Cameron, then 15, volunteered to be lowered into it, head first and secured by ropes tied around his body and ankles.  According to the Hero Fund’s report, “Sand that fell as he scraped against the walls entered his eyes, and he could not see.”  Cameron grabbed the boy by the ankles and then with him was drawn back to the surface.  Cameron entered the Navy two years later and served during World War II in the Asian theater and then in Korea.  He was a retired homebuilder.