Henry Hausman was born on July 20, 1949, in Columbus, Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 16, 1968, and after completing basic training and advanced individual training as an infantry scout, Hausman was sent to Southeast Asia. He served as a Scout Observer with the 2nd Battalion (Mechanized), 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in the Republic of Vietnam from March 1969 until he was killed in action on May 27, 1969.
His Bronze Star Medal Citation reads:
For distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam during the period March 1969 to May 1969. Through his untiring efforts and professional ability, he consistently obtained outstanding results. He was quick to grasp the implications of new problems with which he was faced as a result of the ever changing situations inherent in a counterinsurgency operation and to find ways and means to solve those problems. The energetic application of his extensive knowledge has materially contributed to the efforts of the United States mission to the Republic of Vietnam to assist that country in ridding itself of the Communist threat to its freedom. His initiative, zeal, sound judgement and devotion to duty have been in the highest tradition of the United States Army and reflect great credit on him and on the military service.