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Sergeant Theodore H. Heckelman Class of 2008

Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

United States Marines

Bronze Star Medal with V Device

Sergeant Theodore H. Heckelman, xxxxxxx, United States Marine Corps. On 18 August 1950 near Obong-Ni Ridge in the vicinity of Yongsan, Korea, an anti-tank platoon with which Sergeant HECHELMAN was serving engaged three enemy tanks. When the gunner of a rocket launcher was seriously wounded, Sergeant HECKELMAN, a demolition specialist with the platoon, immediately put the launcher back into action. Although subjected to heavy enemy small-arms fire from nearby enemy troops, he remained in position, firing on the tanks until a direct hit on one tank caused it to explode, knocking it out of action. His rapid and decisive actions contributed materially to the success of the engagement and eliminated the serious threat to the friendly positions posed by the enemy tank force. The heroic actions of Sergeant HECKELMAN reflect great credit on himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Entered the federal service from Ohio.br>

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