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Captain Bruce Van Heertum, age 77, of Peachtree City, passed away January 30, 2018.
Captain Bruce Van Heertum was born on July 6, 1940 in Englewood, NJ. He entered the Naval Service in July 1958. Following recruit training and graduation from Radioman “A” school he served in USS Waller and USS Plymouth Rock before volunteering for Underwater Demolition Team. Subsequently, Captain Van Heertum , was assigned Underwater Demolition Teams Twenty One and Twenty Two prior to attending Officer Candidate School and receiving his commission as and an Ensign in December 1965.
His assignments since commissioning have included:
• Communication officer on the USS Southerland
• SEAL Team ONE as platoon Commander
• Officer in Charge and Executive Officer of SEAL Team Detachment in Vietnam
• Naval Ordnance Systems Command, Vietnam
• Naval Special Warfare Group, Vietnam
• United Nations Truce Supervision Organization
• Naval Special Warfare Group ONE staff
• Commander in Chief US Pacific Fleet
• Joint Special Operations Agency
• Commander SEAL Team TWO
• Commander Special Boat Squadron ONE
• Deputy, Special Operations Command Pacific
• Special Operations Command Europe as Chief of Staff
Captain Van Heertum held the following awards:
• Sliver Star
• Defense Superior Service Medal
• Bronze Star with Combat “V” and star in lieu of a second award
• Meritorious Service Medal
• Joint Service Commendation Medal with Combat “V”
• Navy Commendation Medal
• Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V”
• Purple Heart with Star in lieu of second award
• Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (Brigade Level)
• Vietnamese Honor Medal (Third Class)
Mr. Van Heertum was preceded in death by his parents: Mother Jean Paxton Glover and Parents Arnold and Irene Van Heertum. He is survived by his wife: Felicia Van Heertum; daughters and sons-in-law: Linda and Daniel Blomberg, and Sandra and John Burns; son: Steven Van Heertum; step-daughter: Natalie Buda Smith; grandchildren: Christopher (Sarah) Blomberg, Katie (Matt) Sauter, Zachary (Lauren) Blomberg, Sicily Buda Smith, and Alani Buda Smith; great-grandchildren: Emmitt and Tillman Blomberg; brother: Ronald Van Heertum; sister: Jan Wedderman.
Captain Bruce Van Heertum will be returned to the sea on Nov 4, 2018 in Fort Pierce FL at the National Navy SEAL Museum.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the National Navy Seal Museum, Fort Pierce, Florida.
The Van Heertum family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 1086 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville.