|Birth: ||Jul. 6, 1942|
|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1968, Vietnam|
In Memory of…........ LT. William Arthur Heep.
*** Lieutenant Heep was a member of Fighter Squadron 143, Carrier Air Wing 14 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CVA-64). On August 24, 1968, he was the pilot of a McDonnell Douglas Phanton II Fighter (F-4B) over North Vietnam when his aircraft crashed. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!
WILLIAM ARTHUR HEEP - Navy - LT - O3
Date of Birth Jul 6, 1942
From: SAN PEDRO, CA
Marital Status: Married - wife Sandy, and his son, David William Heep..later was adopted and became David William Lecours. Parents: Father, Donald William Heep and Mother, Marie Elizabeth Davis Heep. His fathers brother, Wilbert Heep(7 years older)also born in Penn (Born Oct. 21, 1908 and Died April 5, 1991 at the age of 82 yrs. in Seminole Co.,Florida)FAG # 24191977. And Dorothy Indrieri - sister
* Paternal Grandparents are, William Heep and Maude Ludemburg Heep.
* Maternal Grandparents are, Arthur Davis and Rose Moore Davis.
***** "Texas, Birth Index"
Name: William Arthur Heep
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 06 Jul 1942
Event Place: Potter, Texas
Father's Name: Donald William Heep-born July 12, 1915 in Pennsylvania. (His mothers name is Maude Luxenburg Heep).
Mother's Name: Marie Elizabeth Davis - Born Dec. 14, 1918 in Penn. and Died March 17, 2001 in Carlsbad, San Diego Co,California at the age of 86 years.
***** Your Son - "California, Birth Index, 1905-1995"
Name: David W Heep
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 13 Aug 1968
Event Place: San Diego, California, United States
Mother's Name: Sandy Vosburgh
***** ( Picture ) - My Father Bill Heep
I was born on August 13, 1968. My father learned of my birth by way of telegram while he was stationed aboard the USS Constellation. He wrote his parents he was "thrilled to have a boy, but wouldn't mind if the next one is a girl." Just eleven days after my birth on August 24, 1968, my father was killed when his F-4 Phantom crashed into the sea as a result of a blown tire-catapult accident. He was able to pull the ejection lever which ejected the rear pilot to safety just prior to impact. Both the plane and my father's body were never recovered. My name was originally David William Heep. After my father's death, my mother married Tom Lecours. When I was 3 1/2, Tom Lecours adopted me and I became David William Lecours.
David (Heep) Lecours
He is my father
***** William A. Heep was truly a leader and a hero! He was Student Body President in his Elementary School, Jr. High School, High School and was Wildcat Council President at Northwestern University. He attended College on a Naval ROTC scholarship, graduating in 1964 and marrying his High School sweetheart, Sandy, in that same month.
Having a father who was employed by TWA for 40 years, airplanes were a second home to him. Being "airline brats" as we were, Bill was thrilled when he was accepted into the Naval flight program. Upon completion he was sent to Viet Nam aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation. On August 13, 1968 Bill became the father of a son, David William and eleven days later on August 24, 1968 the catapult malfunctioned plunging his F-4 into the sea. He as able to get his RIO ejected in time that his life was saved, but Bill was lost at sea. A hero to the end I am VERY proud to say he was my brother! P.S. His son, now older that Bill ever was, has many of the same fine qualities and handsome good looks of his father. and the pride lives on.
Dorothy Indrieri - sister
***** I always wanted a brother.mainly because I was such a "tomboy." I loved my sister very much but there was something that just clicked when I was around my cousin Bill. So I borrowed him for brother status. One of my most fond memories of him was a grown up one. I had had dinner with him and his wife Sandy in San Diego, he was proudly showing me the drawings of the home they were building in a nearby "newly developed" area when I realized that it was he that was instrumental in designing the building. He had a kind and loving way . one that showed concern for all people . but most important to him was his family. The last time I saw Bill, he was flying in formation over the small apartment he and his wife lived in and he pulled out of formation spun his plane around as to say "so long for now." That moment has always had a special place in my heart.With Warm regards to a special person in my life. Jacqueline.
Jaccquie Davis - First Cousin
The Brother I Never Had.
LT - O3 - Navy - Regular
Length of service 4 years
His tour began on Aug 24, 1968
Casualty was on Aug 24, 1968
In , NORTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH AT SEA
Body was not recovered
Panel 46W - Line 2
Other Personnel in Incident:
CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/4 YRS United States Navy
GRADAUTED SMEAST HIGH
No further information available at this time.
On August 24, 1968, he was the pilot of a McDonnell Douglas Phanton II Fighter (F-4B) over North Vietnam when his aircraft crashed.
His remains were not recovered.
Find A Grave contributor Jeff has sponsored your memorial for William Heep.
Thank you Jeff for your sponsorship of LT. William Arthur Heep.
Donald William Heep (1915 - 1995)
Marie D Heep (1918 - 2004)
Note: Looking for hometown location of his Memorial Headstone.
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.3136, -157.84703
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Oct 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99293217