Corporal Henry McCoy Townes, Jr.

Corporal Henry McCoy Townes, Jr.

Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, January 6, 1981

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Henry McCoy Townes, Jr.

Corporal Henry Townes was killed in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Second Street and Byrd Street in Richmond, Virginia.

He had taken the van to get mechanical work done on it and was returning it to the Virginia State Penitentiary at about 11:55 am when it was struck by another car that ran a red light just outside of the penitentiary walls. Corporal Townes was ejected from the vehicle and suffered severe head injuries. He was transported to the Medical College of Virginia Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Corporal Townes was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Virginia Department of Corrections for eight years. He was survived by his two daughters, parents, and brother.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

routine driving

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Cpl. Townes,
On today, the 43rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 6, 2024

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