Thomas E. Heitman
Tom was born in Marquette, Michigan in September of 1949. In 1951, his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he attended public schools until he graduated from Washington High School in 1967. After high school, he worked for the City of Milwaukee as an Engineering Technician until 1968 when he enlisted in the Army.
After finishing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, he attended the United States Army Security Training Center at Fort Devens in Massachusetts. After completing his training there he attended Tactical Area Orientation Training at Two Rock Ranch in Petaluma, California. From there, he was sent to Vietnam an was assigned to the 372nd Radio Research Company which provided support for the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi. Following his tour of duty in Vietnam, Tom was assigned to the United States Army Security Southern Command in Panama's Canal Zone. His final duty station was the 7th Radio Research Field Station in Udorn, Thailand. While serving tin the Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, The Army Commendation Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/palm (twice), the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Campaign Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. While serving at the 372nd RRC, the unit received two Meritorious Unit Citations. The 7th RRFS was also awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation while Tom was there.
After his enlistment was over, Tom went back to his City of Milwaukee employment for a brief period before going to work at the US Postal Service as a Letter Carrier. In 2008, he retired after 31 years of service.
As a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 448 since 1990, Tom has served as the Chapter President, Vice President and is currently serving as Secretary. He is also on the Board of Directors, is Chairman of the Chapter Scholarship Committee and publishes the chapter newsletter. In 1997, Chapter 448 won the "Chapter Newsletter of the Year" at the VVA National Convention in Anaheim, CA. He is also currently serving as the Region 1 Director (Southeast Wisconsin Area) for the Wisconsin State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Tom was involved with the founding of the Veterans Assistance Foundation in 1994 and has served as Secretary/Treasurer. In 2005, he had to resign due to time constraints and personal reasons, but retirement has given him time to once again serve on the Foundation's Board of Directors.