• Links to Oral History Sessions: Heilman, Donald (January 31, 2013)
  • Conflict(s): World War II
  • Military Branch & Unit: Navy
  • Theater(s): European; Pacific
  • Navy Ship: SS Hindo; USS Wacke
  • Navy Other: Radioman

Donald B. Heilman was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1924.  During World War II, Heilman served in the United States Navy.  He did his basic training in Sampson, New York.  Then Donald trained to be a radioman in Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania.  He later served on a desteroyer and participated in the D-Day Invasion.  From 1944 until the end of the War, Donald was stationed in Okinawa.  He was awarded five Battle Stars for his duty.  After World War II, Heilman attended West Chester State University, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Education.