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Norwalk native inducted into military hall

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Norwalk native Theodore Heckelman was inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame Friday.

Heckelman, 78, now resides in Bellingham, Wash.

He was a Staff Sergeant in the Marines during the Korean War.

He and his wife Shirley, also a Norwalk native, are the parents of Jodi Heckelman of Norwalk and Jill Lettow of Alaska.

His parents were Henry and Ella Heckelman. Henry was the original owner of Henry’s Flower Shop.

On 18 Aug. 18, 1950, near Obong-Ni Ridge in the vicinity of Yongsan, Korea, an anti-tank platoon with which Heckelman was serving engaged three enemy tanks.

When the gunner of a rocket launcher was seriously wounded, 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.

He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device.

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