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Local Vets Spotlight – Colonel Richard M. Heyman

COLONEL RICHARD M. HEYMAN, U.S. AIR FORCE, RETIRED, WWII, KOREA, VIET NAM Photo provided

Richard Heyman joined the U.S. Army Air Corps to serve in WWII. At 19 years old, he flew a fighter plane over Normandy in June, 1944 to protect the soldiers on the ground during Operation Overlord. Richard again served, this time in the new U.S. Air Force, as a pilot in the Korean War. Richard stayed on active duty as a pilot trainer, among other duties, and then spent two tours as a fighter-bomber unit commander during the Viet Nam War. In Creswell, we know him as a columnist for The Chronicle, and an active member of Creswell VFW Post 4039