DONALD E HEGGAN
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HONORED ON PANEL 51W, LINE 19 OF THE WALL

DONALD ERNEST HEGGAN

WALL NAME

DONALD E HEGGAN

PANEL / LINE

51W/19

DATE OF BIRTH

08/17/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHUOC LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/20/1968

HOME OF RECORD

HAMMONTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Atlantic County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD ERNEST HEGGAN
POSTED ON 5.3.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt Donald Heggan,
Thank you for your service as an Airborne Qualified Infantry Unit Commander. The war was years ago, but we all need to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.30.2017
POSTED BY: Linda L Zaleski (Heggan)

Love from your cousin Linda

I think of you often cousin Donald, but especially on Memorial Day. I remember the day my mom and dad came to pick me up and told me you were killed in Vietnam. You were so young and handsome and good. They named a baseball park after you at home. Rest in peace. Love, cousin Linda
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POSTED ON 7.20.2016
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Silver Star Citation

Donald Ernest Heggan
Date of birth: 17-Aug-44
Date of death: July 20, 1968
Home of record: Hammonton New Jersey
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star


Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Donald Ernest Heggan (ASN: 0-5342055), United States Army, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action on 20 July 1968, in the Republic of Vietnam. On that date, Lieutenant Heggan was serving as a Platoon Leader with his unit during a platoon size combat patrol near the Song Be River. As the men proceeded toward their objective area, they were suddenly subjected to rocket and automatic weapons fire by a large Viet Cong force. Lieutenant Heggan immediately advanced to the point of heaviest enemy contact, and braving the hail of hostile rounds, deployed his men into good firing positions. He continuously moved from one position to another to encourage his men and personally direct their fire on the insurgents for maximum effectiveness. As a result of his competent leadership, the initial enemy assault was effectively repelled and the Viet Cong suffered numerous casualties. Lieutenant Heggan observed a member of his platoon lying wounded in an open area, and with complete disregard for his personal safety, he maneuvered through the concentrated hostile fire to aid his comrade. As he was moving the individual to a protected location Lieutenant Heggan was mortally wounded by shrapnel from an impacting enemy rocket. His extraordinary example of selfless courage and initiative inspired the members of his platoon to continue fighting vigorously through a second Viet Cong assault which was repelled at great cost to the insurgents. First Lieutenant Heggan's unquestionable valor in close combat against numerically superior hostile forces is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 7901 (August 6, 1968)

Action Date: 20-Jul-68

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company B

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 16th Infantry Regiment

Division: 1st Infantry Division
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POSTED ON 7.20.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 1LT Donald Ernest Heggan, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 2.19.2013
POSTED BY: Richard E. Mitchell

Remembrance

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