Heggen, Thomas, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
619X-Limited Duty Officer - Surface Communications
Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, USS Virgo (AKA-20)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
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Contact Info
Home Town
Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa
Last Address
New York (Manhattan)

Date of Passing
May 19, 1949
Location of Interment
Lakewood Cemetery - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: 250B-10-5.5

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
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 Duty Stations
USS South Dakota (BB-57)Direct Commission Officer School (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS Virgo (AKA-20)
  1942-1942, Sp(Q), USS South Dakota (BB-57)
  1942-1943, Sp(Q), Direct Commission Officer School (Faculty Staff)
  1944-1944, USS Rotanan (AK-108)
  1944-1945, USS Virgo (AKA-20)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  1937-1941, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Mister Roberts, Movie Trivia5
  Author of Mister Roberts9
  Mister Roberts2
  May 21, 2014, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Thomas Orlo Heggen 
U.S. Navy, December 1941 - December 1945

Navy Veteran, Author, Playwright. Thomas Orlo Heggen's novel "Mister Roberts" (1946) was conceived during WWII while Heggen served aboard several USS Navy ships. The play "Mister Roberts" opened on Broadway in February 1948.  The story resonanted with a generation of young men who  had given years of their lives in service to the country they loved. 
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