F1c Hadley Irvin Heavin

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Birthplace: Kansas, United States
Death: December 07, 1941 (22-23)
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States (KIA aboard the USS West Virginia)
Place of Burial: Honolulu Memorial * Honolulu Honolulu County Hawaii
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Thomas Heavin and Mary Ann Heavin
Brother of Clarence Heavin and Ernest Carol Heavin

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About F1c Hadley Irvin Heavin


Hadley Irwin Heavin was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941



cannot imagine the agony on that day when over twenty-five hundred Western Union messages were sent throughout the United States informing the parents that their son was killed in a surprise Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. One thousand more were wounded and to add insult to injury eighteen American ships were either damaged or destroyed , nearly three hundred planes were lost by the end of the day.

My grandparents were one of many who learned of their son’s fate. In their case their second oldest, Hadley Irvin Heavin, had been killed at Pearl Harbor. The Western Union telegram read as follows: Mr. Charles Thomas Heavin. The Navy Department regrets to inform you that your ward, Hadley Irvin Heavin, Fireman First Class U.S. Navy was lost in action in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country. The department extends to you its sincerest sympathy in your great loss. To prevent possible aid to our enemies please do not divulge the name of his ship or station. If remains are recovered they will be interred temporarily in the locality where death occurred and you will be notified accordingly.

Rear Admiral C.W. Nimitz Chief of the Bureau of Navigation.

Hadley was aboard the USS West Virginia. Many of the men lived for another twenty-one days, but no one could reach them. His body was never found. I was told that Hadley used to listen to his folk's radio, hearing a type of music that was foreign to a kid growing up in a small town like Baxter Spring's Kansas. He told my grandparents, "I'm going to go to that place where they play that music," and he did. The Navy was his ticket to living in that paradise, a wonderland, Hawaii.

In 2001 my dad and Uncle Frog (Charles) visited a man that was on the ship Uncle Hadley died on. He gave them the details of the attack, as best that he could remember. In that same year the movie, Pearl Harbor was released and I took my dad to see it. Interesting enough, the very details that were shared with him were coming alive on the big screen. I turned to my right only to see tears streaming from my father’s face. Sixty years had passed, but it had not made my dad aloof or detached from that infamous attack.

Ironically, another Hadely Heavin (my cousin) would be serving his country in the military some twenty years later during the Viet Nam War. Sadly, if memory serves me correctly, our nation became aloof and detached to that generation of servicemen and women. Fortunately, (besides the recent V.A. government scandals) the citizens of the United States of America hold our military in high esteem, today.

Just one week ago our nation spoke out loud and clear and elected or reelected government officials who spent millions of dollars to campaign and make promises to serve, we, the people. My hope is that those in the political arena understand what the word, “serve” really means. Our men and women in the military not only understand the meaning of the word, but what it entails and do not use it lightly: to serve and protect, to sacrifice, if need be, to give life to save life.

Thank you for the numerous men and women who took the oath to serve their country. We, the people, will not take it lightly, hopefully ever again.

Ernie Heavin.


Just read a letter from my Uncle Hadley to my Uncle Clarence, dated April 18, 1941, just about less than 8 months before he was killed at Pearl Harbor. Something struck me very funny about what Hadley said. As I mentioned in my story, Hadley would listen to this foreign music through the Baxter Springs airways and said, "I'm going to go to that place where they place that music" and the Navy was his ticket to that paradise." "Paradise" was the word I chose to describe Hawaii. Ironically, Hadley used that word as well but once he got over there he changed his tune by saying, "I am getting mighty sick of these Hawaiin islands, people back in the states that have never been here says it's the paradise of the Pacific but I don't like a damn thing about it."

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F1c Hadley Irvin Heavin's Timeline

Kansas, United States
December 7, 1941
Age 23
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
Honolulu Memorial * Honolulu Honolulu County Hawaii