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Joe Henson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJosiah "Joe"•Henson
Used nameJoe•Henson
Born24 February 1922 in Bristow, Oklahoma (USA)
Died4 April 2012 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA)
AffiliationsUS Navy, (USA)
NOC United States


Undefeated in dual meets while at the US Naval Academy (‘44), Joe Henson won two Eastern Intercollegiate (EIWA) titles (1943-44), but never managed an NCAA Championship. In 1952, however, he won an AAU crown at 135 lbs., being named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Later in the year he became the second oldest American wrestler to win an Olympic medal, to that date. Henson later served as a Naval officer, serving with F Division for the Leyte Invasion and the Battle of Surigao Straits, and with the 7th Division for the Lingayen Gulf and Okinawa Campaigns in World War II. He eventually retired as a Captain in September 1969, and then became active in sports administration. For several years he was on the wrestling committee of the U.S. Olympic Committee, chairing the committee in 1964-68. He later served as the President of the AAU.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Wrestling USA Joe Henson
Featherweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze