George Henry Heppen Jr

Military Data
MOS 62E20 Heavy Construction Equipment Operator
Length Service 01
Unit 595th Engineer Company, 86th Engineer Battalion, 34th Engineer Group, 20th Engineer Brigade, USARV

Casualty Data
Start Tour 2 March 1967
Incident Date 21 May 1967
Casualty Date 21 May 1967
Age at Loss 18
Location Long Khanh Province, South Vietnam
Remains Body recovered
Casualty Type Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason Ground casualty
Casualty Detail Multiple fragmentation wounds

Vietnam Wall Panel 20E Line 074

Awarded the Military Merit Medal, Gallantry Cross with Palm

Anderson Herald (Anderson, Indiana), 30 May 1967
PFC George Heppen
A full military service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brown and Butz Funeral home will be conducted for PFC George Henry (Butch) Heppen Jr., 18, of 812 Ruddle Ave. The Rev. Melvin Kirk of the Anderson Baptist Temple will officiate. Burial will be in East Maplewood Cemetery.
PFC Heppen was killed May 21, near Xuan Loc, South Vietnam while traveling with a convoy. Under heavy mortar fire, he received fatal fragmentation wounds, according to the report.
Surviving are father and step-mother, Mr. and Mrs. George H. Heppen Sr. of Anderson; his mother, Anita B. (Boman) Heppen of Englewood, Calif.; the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary Heppen of Anderson; the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Bessie Boman of Crossville, Tenn.; a sister, Miss Lora Heppen of Englewood, Calif.; a half-sister, Mrs. Marilyn Zion of Anderson; and other relatives.

Anderson Daily Bulletin (Anderson, Indiana), 17 January 1968
Heppen receives medals for son.
PFC George (Butch) Heppen who was killed in action May 21 in Vietnam, was awarded the Military Merit Medal and the Gallantry Cross with Palm posthumously and both medals were presented to his father, George H. Heppen Sr.

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  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 23 August 1948
  • Date of death: 21 May 1967
  • County: Cumberland
  • Hometown: Anderson, IN
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 34th Engineer Group, 20th Engineer Brigade
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Awards: Military Merit Medal, Gallantry Cross with Palm
  • Burial/Memorial Location: East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXII, Middle Panel
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