02-09-2015 - USS Arizona Brothers: Edward and Wesley Heidt - Class of 1935
USS Arizona Brothers
Edward and Wesley Heidt - Class of 1935
On December 7th 1941, Japanese bombs exploded into the hull of the USS Arizona, engulfing the ship in a giant fireball and leaving thousands dead. Amidst the destruction, one thing remained in tact... the bond of brotherhood.
Like the waters of the Pacific, family ties ran deep on the Arizona. Serving aboard were a father and son, and 38 sets of brothers. Naturally, they wanted to be together. Their families back home felt the same, but worried about losing all their boys when disaster struck. These fears became reality when as the sinking of the Arizona killed 23 sets of brothers and the father and son.
Two Leuzinger Graduates and also twin brothers, Edward and Wesley Heidt '35, were killed when their ship, the Arizona, was sunk in Pearl Harbor. All the Arizona brothers were more than comrades in arms, more than mere shipmates. Separated from their loved ones, they only had each other. This real "Band of Brothers" strived to remain together, even if it meant they died together.
Edward Heidt, F1c and Wesley Heidt, MM2c served and died as brothers aboard the USS Arizona.