Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
Date: Jun 1967
|10 Feb 2010||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Heavey, William Francis, 1896-1974.|
|Title:||William F. Heavey Papers|
|Quantity:||1.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American brigadier-general, engineer. Collection includes correspondence (1942-1964); biographical material; manuscript essays; and articles and clippings by and about Heavey.|
|Language:||Bulk in English, a few published items in Spanish|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
William Francis Heavey (1896-1974) was an American military officer who retired with the rank of Brigadier-General.
Heavey was born in Fort McPherson, Georgia on January 29, 1896, the son of Brigadier-General John W. Heavey, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1917. During World War I Heavey was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers as a second lieutenant; he was quickly promoted to captain (1917) and then major (1918), and commanded the 2d Engineer Special Brigade in fifty amphibious landings in the southwest Pacific and Philippines.
After World War I he studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning his degree in 1922, and a few years later (1938) graduated from the Command and General Staff School. He was promoted to brigadier-general in 1942, and during World War II he was Chief Engineering Officer for IV Corps (1941-1942) and Commanding General of the 2d Engineer Amphibian Brigade, South Pacific Command (1942-1946).
For his services he was decorated with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Bronze Star. He was a charter member of the American Society of Military Engineers, and authored the book Down ramp! The story of the Army Amphibian engineers (1947). He and his wife had two children; their son William F. Heavey, Jr. (1920-1987) attended the U.S. Naval Academy and became a naval aviator.
The William F. Heavey Papers consist of biographical material about Heavey's career, correspondence (incoming and outgoing), subject files (mostly memorabilia), manuscripts (articles by and about Heavey), and published material (books by and about Heavey, book reviews, and some clippings about Heavey and others).
Correspondence is arranged chronologically. All other material is arranged alphabetically.
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Heavey, William Francis, 1896-1974.
United States. -- Army -- Officers -- Biography.
Generals -- United States.
Military engineers -- United States.
United States -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
William F. Heavey Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|Box 1||Incoming 1942, 1945, 1964|
|Box 1||Outgoing 1942, 1943|
|Box 1||Directory 1960 - 2 ESB Vets Assoc.|
|Box 1||Distinguished Visitor Award, in Spanish|
|Box 1||Field order 1945|
|Box 1||Honorary Citizens Award 1952|
|Box 1||Photograph, Heavey and Noce 1945|
|Box 1||Recommendation for award 1945|
|Box 1||Army vs. Navy undated|
|Box 1||Father made the first Army team undated|
|Box 1||Contribution to Reader's Digest|
|Box 1||Promotion article undated|
|Box 1||Abajo la rampa 1947|
|Box 1||Down ramp 1947|
|Box 1||History of the Second Engineer Special Brigade 1946|
|Box 1||Map and aerial photo reading 1943|
|Box 2||Amphibian engineer operations (volume IV of the series, Engineers of the Southwest Pacific) 1959|
|Box 2||New York Times Book Review 1948|
|Magazines with articles about|
|Box 2||Yale Review 1945|
|Magazines with articles by|
|Box 2||Engineering News-Record 1934|
|Box 2||The Houston Port Book 1952 (2 issues)|
|Box 2||The Military Engineer 1946, 1948 (4 issues)|
|Magazines with articles about others|
|Box 2||Time 1964|
|Box 2||About Heavey 1948|
|Box 2||About Heavey and others 1945, 1948, undated|