FIRST LIEUTENANT PAUL F. HECK was born in Philadelphia PA in 1917 to Paul & Violet Heck. Eugene Heck, who had been born in Germany, worked as a clerk in a bakery in 1920, the years later his occupation was listed as bookkeeper. The Heck family owned a home at 2435 Park Avenue in Philadelphia, near Clarion Street. They moved his family to New Jersey shortly after 1920. The family included sister Delphine, and brothers Eugene and William. In 1930 the family was renting a home at 6129 Lincoln Avenue in Pennsauken NJ. The family later moved to 1716 Gross Avenue. Paul Heck was a 1935 graduate of Merchantville (NJ) High School, where he played football and baseball, and was the editor of the school magazine. After high school, he joined the New Jersey National Guard, serving with the Headquarters Company of the 69th Field Artillery Brigade, 44th Infantry Division.
Paul Heck reported to Fort Dix NJ in September of 1940 when his National Guard Unit was federalized. He qualified for flight duty, and was trained as a navigator at Monroe LA. He was commissioned in September of 1941, and went overseas, serving with the Air Transport Command, one year later. He served in West Africa, and later in India.
Paul Heck last wrote home on April 23, 1943. He wrote that he was "blue" and things were "pretty tough", as five of his comrades had recently been killed.
First Lieutenant Paul Heck was reported missing on March 7, 1943. His body was never recovered. He was survived by his mother, and brothers, both of whom were then serving in the Armed Forces. 25 at the time of his death, Paul Heck was first reported missing in Camden Courier-Post in may of 1943.
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