LIEUTENANT DONALD ERNEST HEGGAN was born on August
17, 1944. He
graduated Edgewood Regional High School in 1962.
During his school years he enjoyed football, baseball, water
skiing and coaching little league baseball. Heggan went on to North
Carolina State University where he was a member of the ROTC. After
college, he went to Vietnam where he served in the US Army, Company B, 1st
Battalion, 16th Infantry, where he attained the rank of
After serving in Vietnam just three months, Lieutenant Heggan was killed on July 20, 1968 in Phuoc Long province, a victim of multiple fragmentation wounds, which would indicate death due to mortar fire, artillery, hand grenade, or a similar device.
Heggan was awarded the Badge of Qualification for Parachutist, Basic
Marksmanship, the National Defense Medal, Purple Heart, Silver and
Bronze Stars, Combat and Infantryman, Vietnam Service Award.
There is a monument and baseball park named after Donald Ernest Heggan in his hometown of Blue Anchor, NJ. The boys he coached raised the money for the monument.
Donald Ernest Heggan is remembered by his cousin, Edward Rouse
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