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48266 MAJ William F. Hecker III USA
November 07, 1968 - January 05, 2006


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MAJ Hecker died on January 5, 2006 was among five soldiers killed Thursday when an improvised explosive device detonated near their Humvee in Najaf, south of Baghdad during convoy operations. Hecker was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX. Also killed were Capt. Christopher P. Petty, 33, of Vienna, Va.; Sgt. 1st Class Stephen J. White, 39, of Talladega, Ala.; Sgt. Johnny J. Peralez Jr., 25, of Kingsville, Texas; and Pvt. Robbie M. Mariano, 21, of Stockton, Calif. Hecker had been deployed to Iraq just after Thanksgiving 2005.

Hecker went to West Point, where he studied engineering management and sang in the glee club. He had been stationed in Oklahoma, Germany, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the '90's.

He is survived by his wife, and four children, ages 2-10. His father is a retired Army Colonel (Two tours in Viet Nam) from the West Point class of 1965, and his brother is currently serving in the Marines.

He received a master's degree in English from the University of Oregon and went back to West Point, where he was an assistant English professor for three years. He studied Twain and presented a paper about baseball and patriotism. He edited a book about Poe's time as a West Point cadet titled "Private Perry and Mister Poe: The West Point Poems, 1831."

Hecker loved baseball, and his dream was to teach after his year-long tour of duty in Iraq.

His funeral will be at West Point on January 18, 2006

Regarding donations, In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to
the MAJOR William F Hecker III Memorial Fund. Its purposes are to support:
  •  Award in Bill's honor at West Point
  • Established charities that support children of fallen soldiers
  • Special Collections section of the USMA Library

Checks can be sent to:
William F. Hecker III Memorial Fund
Indicate on the check memo line: Acct Number 3165552

Mailing address:
William F Hecker III Memorial fund
c/o First Command Bank
PO Box 901041
Ft. Worth, TX 76101-9778

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