William Heiman

Original Company B Men at New Guinea
Bottom row: (left to right) Private First Class Gerald Westberg, Eau Claire; Technical Sergeant Pete Edington, Cumberland; Staff Sergeant Clifford Rude, Eau Claire; Staff Sergeant Ray Bailey, Eau Claire; Private First Class William Heiman, Eau Claire.
Top row: Staff Sergeant Roy Campbell, Eau Claire; Private First Class Francis Nutter, Augusta; Staff Sergeant Thomas Findley, Chippewa Falls; Technical Sergeant Cornelius Verdon, Eau Claire; Private First Class Raymond Fosberg, Eau Claire; Staff Sergeant Rupert L. Henneman, Eau Claire.

Eleven of the original members of Eau Claire's Company B, 128th Infantry are still serving with the unit in New Guinea.

Others that started service with the group are furloughed home, have been casualties, or were transferred to other units.

Company B was mobilized on October 15, 1940 and left for Camp Beauregard, LA on October 22, 1940.

The men pictured here have taken part in every action in which the company has fought. Some of them have been wounded once, twice and one of them three times.

The photograph was taken after a battle near Itape, New Guinea on September 3, last.

Before going to New Guinea, they were stationed at Australia and also fought at Buna.

Given Discharge After 37 Months in Pacific Area
Sergeant William Heiman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Heiman, 208 1/2 West Madison Street, has returned home after 37 months overseas duty. He received his honorable discharge on May 26 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

Heiman left with the Home Guard on October 15, 1940. He went overseas in April 1942, arriving in Australia on May 14. He participated in the battles of New Guinea, Paquan, and the liberation of the Philippines.

He holds the Combat Infantry Badge, the Distinguished Unit Badge, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Battle Stars, the American Defense Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, and the Purple Heart, which was presented to him after being wounded in action at Pinamopan, Leyte, in the Philippine Islands on November 19, 1944.

Heiman states that there isn't a better feeling than coming home.