John Albert Heikkila

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  • Name: John Albert Heikkila
  • Location of Birth: Hibbing, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 21, 1955
  • Date of Death:
  • Parents: Albert A. and Mildred J. Heikkila
  • High School and Class: 1973
  • College: Some college at University of Maryland
  • Highest Rank: SPEC 4 (Specialist 4)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: April 23, 1973
  • Place Sworn In: Minneapolis Induction Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: November 14, 1976
  • Place of Discharge: Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    October, 1973 December, 1973 D Company at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
    January, 1974 June, 1974 United States Army Security Agency at Fort Devens, Massachusetts
    July, 1974 April, 1976 United States Army Security Agency Field Station at Sobe/Torst Station in Okinawa, Japan
    May, 1976 November, 1976 Company B, United States Army Security Agency Field Station at San Antonio, Texas
  • Military Awards:
    Marksman Medal
    Good Conduct Medal
    Several letters of commendation

  • Military Highlights:
    Was neat to have the experience and met a lot of brothers and sisters. During my training at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, I traveled about where a lot of Revolutionary War artifacts are. During my time in Okinawa, I saw a lot of places where some of the bloodiest battles were fought during World War II. Also, the World's Fair or Expo was there in 1975. Did some traveling in Korea to Seoul over Thanksgiving of 1975. Last six months of service was in Texas where my paperwork was at Fort Sam Houston. I was assigned to Kelly Air Force Base, but worked at Medina Station. Overall, was a good experience.

  • Wars Involved:
    Vietnam Era

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    No regrets serving. Because of my Military Occupational Specialty and record, I had a chance to work for National Security Agency Direct, but decided to turn it down because of starting a family.

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