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Lester Heddle, Sr.
War: World War II
Branch: United States Army Air Force
Unit: 58th Air Service Group
Theater: South Pacific
Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
Birth Year: February 23, 1918
Place of Birth: Milford, Michigan


Lester Heddle was born in Milford, Michigan on February 23, 1918. After completing high school, he was drafted on March 26, 1942. After training in Texas, he was sent to the South Pacific. Lester spent much of his time in New Guinea and then Mindoro in the Philippines.

Although Lester did not receive any wounds, his Unit was subject to Kamitkaze attacks. He was part of the 58th Air Service Group. Lester did some boxing while he was in the Service.

Lester was discharged shortly after the Japanese surrendered. He returned home to Michigan where he received his teaching degree. He attended Eastern Michigan University with his wife. Since they had two small children, Lester took classes in the afternoon and his wife took morning classes. Lester taught 6th grade in area schools.