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Born on Sept. 21, 1948
Casualty was on Jan. 15, 1969

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Pfc. Gary Heeman (center), Tom Wiseman (right) and Unidentified Marine (left)
(Picture courtesy of Tom Wiseman)

Pfc. Gary Lee Heeman served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Mike Company. His name stands proudly on the Mike 3/5 Wall of Honor. Semper fi, Brother Marine. We will never forget.

M Co. 3/5, 1st Plt. Machinegun Squad
(picture courtesy of Jim Bilyeu)

Brother Marine

Gary Heeman was K.I.A. in the early stages of Operation TAYLOR COMMON. Sniped by NVA. Gary was killed shortly after coming back from R&R in Hawaii and had seen his wife. Gary, I say I remember you, I can. I say to you, other Marines who knew you, they remember you. It is because of the friendly nature within you that caught their attention. You enjoyed sharing things with other Marines that brought happiness to you, so they in turn could have some of your happiness. In a least expected way, you were taken from us, to a place where happiness surrounds you and is within you, eternally. God Bless you and keep you in his love. You will not be forgotten.~Michael Alden, M Co. 3/5


Gary Lee Heeman

Gary Lee Heeman is my brother. A son was born to me and Kathryn. He was born at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 13 May 1973.The last child to be born their. His name!! GARY LEE HEEMAN~Dale Heeman


Remembering Gary

Gary was a very special friend of mine whom I met in 1963 in 7th grade at Sayre High School; Sayre, Pennsylvania. Because we sat next to each other in homeroom, I quickly became good friends with Gary and his brother Dale. On one cold bitter winter evening in 1963, Gary invited me to join him in front of our local Newberry's Store where he volunteered his time ringing the Salvation Army bell and collected donations and clothing goods for those who were truly in need.

As a 7th grader, I was forever impressed by Gary's selfless spirit and genuine willingness to be there to help others who truly were in need. Perchance this was the same selfless calling Gary felt when he was asked to serve his country, for indeed Gary would have never said "no" to anyone who needed help.

We have indeed lost a very gracious and generous young man in Gary. I for one will forever carry his scars and feel the pain of Vietnam through the loss of this very special childhood friend. I offer up a simple prayer that our Lord Jesus Christ who called Gary from this life to Himself will grant him eternal rest in His presence until that day we meet again in the new and eternal Jerusalem. Thank you Gary for all you gave to all of us! I will never forget you my friend! Rest in peace.

Larry W. Hoey
Sayre, PA