Col. Henry Goldsborough Moseley, 92, of Grafton

Col. Henry G. Moseley, 92, of Grafton, died on Nov. 22, 2021. He passed comfortably at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend surrounded by family.

He was the eldest son of the late Col. George Van Horn Moseley Jr. and the late Katharine Payne Moseley. He was born on Oct. 15, 1929, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. and was an Army brat throughout his childhood, living at West Point and Forts Benning, Bragg, Jackson, Snelling and Lewis as well as in Tientsin, China.

He graduated from Kent School in Kent, Conn. While at Kent, he joined the Kent School Boat Club, and in 1947 the rowing crew won the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley.

In 1947, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, attended U.S. Military Academy  Preparatory School at Stewart Field, N.Y., and entered the U.S.M.A. at West Point in 1948. As a cadet, he was on the varsity ski and sailing teams. He graduated from the Academy at West Point in 1952 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry.

In his early career, Moseley served in various commands and assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division, the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, the 503rd Airborne Battle Group and the 173rd Airborne Brigade (separate). His tours of duty were in Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Okinawa.

He obtained his Master Parachute Badge and Senior Army Aviator Badge.

In 1964, he attended U.S. Army Command General Staff College and became an instructor in Airborne Operations at the college.

He later served with distinction two tours in Vietnam. He was the first company commander of 213th “Black Cats” Assault Support Helicopter Company in Phu Loi, Vietnam.

During his career, Col. Moseley was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Air Medals, the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

From 1968 to 1971 he worked at the Pentagon, at the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Development. He obtained a master’s degree from American University in 1972, and was professor of Military Science at St. John’s University from 1972 to 1975. He was a senior advisor with Army Reserve Command in New York City. Before retiring in 1980, his last assignment was as Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria.

After retirement, he dabbled in sheep farming, writing, computer consulting, flying and sailing – mostly the latter. In 1994, using his Slavic-language skills, he placed himself under fire again as a UNICEF volunteer in Sarajevo.

Henry is survived by his wife, Eniko (Eni); by four of his five children: his son, Henry Jr. (Cynthia), and his three daughters Helen Hollyday (Erik), Mary Noel and Robin Susanna. He is survived by nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, five cousins, numerous relatives and many friends.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Katharine; by his brother, George; and by his sister Katharine.

Funeral services are pending. His Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 29, 2022, time to be determined, at Riverledge Farm in Grafton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grafton Rescue Squad Inc., P.O. Box 54, Grafton, VT 05146, or to Grace Cottage Hospital, 185 Grafton Road, P.O. Box 216, Townshend, VT 05353.

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  1. Kathy & John Cray says:

    Henry will be greatly missed by so many. Such a wonderful man.