WO1 Jeffery "Jeff" S. Heritage was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 07/03/2008 at the age of 60.2 from Natural causes
Vero Beach, FL
Flight Classes 68-521 and 68-39
Date of Birth 04/06/1948
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with C/7/17 CAV in 69-70
Call sign in Vietnam BLUE 38
This information was provided by Ruthless Rider Association, Bruce Carlson

More detail on this person: My old friend Jeff Heritage from way back in Vietnam Days apparently died suddenly of heart related issues. Just a class ahead of me, we spent our whole tours together in Charley Troop. In those days and up to this very moment, Jeff was always know as a true people person and a very generous man. In recent years, Jeff has continued to be very generous with and for his Vietnam Brothers. I remember a night a few years back when a Scholarship fund was started for the kids and grand-kids of the 7/17th Vets. While a heavy whiskey front was passing and we were savoring some GREAT Cuban Cigars that Sober Charley supplied when it was proposed, I remember Jeff being the FIRST to "Pony Up" with some serious bucks. Such was his nature!

With great humility, I shall be honored to say a word or two at Jeff's Funeral. Hopefully, ole Jeff will smile when he realizes how greatly admired he was by so many.

From: Bruce E. Carlson

Jeffery Stewart Williams-Heritage, age 60, a resident of Vero Beach Florida died unexpectedly July 3rd of natural causes in his hotel room while on a business trip in Bahrain. Jeff Heritage, to most of us, was born April 6, 1948 in Wahiawa, HI and moved to Vero Beach in 2001 from United Arab Emirates. He was an investment consultant in the energy field in the Persian Gulf. He attended flight classes 68-39 and 68-521. He served with C/7/17th Cav from Feb 1969 until Feb 1970. He flew the front seat of a Cobra for the first six months before switching to Hueys in the Lift Platoon. After he made AC he was known as Blue 38. He left Vietnam as a CW2 but soon took a direct commission to Captain. He was a life member of the VHPA and a life member of the 7/17th (Ruthless Riders) Air Calvary Association. There are plenty of C Troopers and Ruthless Riders Association members who remember Jeff for his calm professionalism even in the heat of battles involving either bullets or emotions. At least one LOH driver maintains he is still breathing today because of Jeff's actions near An Son and LZ English. Survivors include his wife Judy; sons Michael Heritage of Seattle, WA, Nathan Heritage of Orlando, FL and Matthew Heritage of Houston, TX; daughter Alicia Shannis of Delray, FL. The funeral service was held on July 19 in Vero Beach.

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