Combat Survivor

Author Heilman to discuss memoir
at July 18 luncheon

His visit is part of Oldham County Day festivities

(July 2014) – Join the Oldham County History Center in celebrating the life and adventures of World War II veteran and Oldham County native Dr. E. Bruce Heilman at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 18. In 2008, Heilman published his memoir, “An Interruption That Lasted a Lifetime: My First Eighty Years.” He will present a short program based on his book and also have copies available for sale and signing. Lunch is included in the ticket price for this program.


Photo provided

War veteran and book author
Bruce Heilman is pictured while
riding his Harley-Davidson
motorcycle cross country.

Heilman was a marine stationed in the Pacific during World War II and a survivor of Iwo Jima following combat on Okinawa. After completing four years of Marine Corps service during World War II, he was educated under the GI Bill, earned three degrees from Vanderbilt University and went on to spend his life in higher education leading to a five year presidency of Meredith College and 16 years as president of the University of Richmond followed by his current position as chancellor. He also serves on several boards and foundations for the Marine Corp. A special honor he holds is National Spokesperson for the Greatest Generations Foundation, traveling coast to coast to bring attention to the contributions of World War II veterans.
In recent years, he has rediscovered his passion for motorcycles. To bring attention to The Greatest Generations Foundation, he began cycle trips across the United States. In 2008 at age 83, he rode his Harley-Davidson motorcycle cross-country from Richmond, Va., to San Diego and back, retracing Route 66, which was the route he hitchhiked across country to return home after the war. A motorcycle adventure not long ago took him around the United States on more than 9,000 miles in 25 days through 34 states. He has traveled to all the lower 48 states since his 83rd birthday. This summer, Heilman is on the road to Alaska and when he returns will celebrate his 88th birthday on July 16.
Heilman’s career is featured in a current exhibit at the Oldham County History Center titled, “I Pledge Allegiance: Honoring our World War II Veterans.” He has been designated the 2014 Champion of Oldham County History and will received the J. Chilton Barnett Champion of History Award at the 2014 Oldham County Historical Society Gala on Sept. 26. Heilman will also be a special guest of the Oldham County History Center on their float for the July 19 Oldham County Day Parade and take part in a meet and greet after the parade on the museum porch. On Aug. 8, Heilman will help kick off a Fundraising Campaign at the History Center, followed by a special river cruise on the Captain Quarter’s Cruise Ship Princess.
Reservations are required for the luncheon program on July 18, which will include birthday cake. Tickets are $12 per person and payment must be made in advance. To reserve, contact the History Center at (502) 222-0826.

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