Major Retired Warren
February 2, 1925-
April 6, 2013
Smiths Station, AL- Major) Retired Warren Eugene Headlough, born Feb 2nd 1925 in Akron, Ohio, the youngest son of Arthur L and Sadie Headlough. Warren had an older brother Arthur Headlough and older sister Adelaide Headlough. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Hazel W. Headlough, one daughter, his sister and his brother.
Warren was a professional Ice skater and was one of the featured skaters with Ice Capades Inc in 1942 and 1943 and again in 1946 and 1947. He traveled throughout the US and Canada appearing in 52 cities as a singles and pairs skater. He appeared professionally in two motion pictures in 1942 and 1947; the most prominent was in "The Bishops Wife", a classic Christmas movie starring Cary Grant, David Niven and Lauretta Young in which Warren doubled for Carey Grant in the skating scene.
He entered the Army in 1943 and was trained as a combat medic and assigned to the 40th Infantry division and served in the South Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war he went back to skating until re-entering the military in 1948. After attaining the rank of E-6 he was accepted to Officer Candidate School at Fort Banning in 1952. In 1953 he was assigned to the 7th Infantry division, 32nd Infantry Regiment as a rifle Company Commander and received his first Bronze Star medal. In 1963 now Captain Headlough, was assigned to the MAAG element, Advisory Team 75, Vietnam. He retired from the Army as a Major in 1965 and was recruited by the State Department Agency for International Development and returned to Vietnam as Chief American advisor to the Vietnamese National Police. He was awarded the Vietnamese National Police Medal of Honor. Unfortunately, because of his position he was targeted for assassination by Viet Cong and in May of 1966, an unsuccessful attempt was made on his life, however, he sustained wounds which took years to recover from including severe head trauma. This ended the service to his country. In all he spent a total of 6 and half years in combat and was awarded many Medals and Commendations for his service.
Mr. Headlough is survived by two sons, Wayne Headlough and David Headlough, numerous extended family members and many caring friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am EST Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Vance Memorial Chapel in Phenix City. Interment with full Military Honors will follow at Main Post Cemetery at Fort Benning, GA. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm EST Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Vance Memorial Chapel - Phenix City
3738 Hwy 431N
Phenix City, AL 36867
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Apr. 8, 2013