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Alumnus killed in Iraq

- June 18, 2007

Army 1st Lt. Keith Heidtman of Norwich, a UConn graduate, was killed in combat May 28 in Iraq.

Heidtman, 24, was on a helicopter mission when his aircraft was struck by enemy fire.

His co-pilot was also killed.

Heidtman earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and resource economics with honors from UConn in 2005.

He was a cadet in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, and earned the title of distinguished military graduate in recognition of his outstanding leadership, high moral character, academic achievement, and exceptional aptitude for military service.

He attended the U.S. Army Aviation Warfighting Center in Fort Rucker, Ala., where he began his military service as an aviator.

He was a 2001 graduate of Norwich Free Academy, where he excelled in academics and sports.

In summer 2002, he was a lifeguard and counselor at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford.

He was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, and was deployed to Iraq in December.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell ordered all state and U.S. flags lowered to half staff in Heidtman’s honor.

He was buried with full military honors and posthumously honored with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart that were presented to his parents.

He is survived by his father, Kerry Heidtman; his mother, Maureen Robidoux; his stepfather, Arthur Robidoux; his sister, Keely; and his grandparents.

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