Martin Daniel Heiderman, who fought in Vietnam with the Marines and later worked for the Veterans Administration, died of pulmonary disease Sunday at Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 55 and lived in the Talbot County community of Wittman.
Mr. Heiderman was born in Baltimore and raised in Violetville. After graduating from City College in 1965, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.
He served 14 months in Vietnam with an infantry unit. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in a mortar attack, and attained the rank of sergeant.
Mr. Heiderman had been exposed to Agent Orange while in Vietnam, and suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome, family members said.
After his discharge in 1970, Mr. Heiderman returned to Baltimore and enlisted in the Maryland National Guard. He served with its 70th General Supply Co. and was discharged in 1973.
Mr. Heiderman attended Catonsville Community College from 1979 to 1982 studying advertising design. From the late 1970s until retiring in 1983 on a medical disability, he was an adjudicator for the Veterans Administration in Baltimore.
He was a member of the Grasonville post of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Order of the Purple Heart. He enjoyed football, camping and riding dirt bikes.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home in Chester.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, the former Mary Ann Dawson; three sons, Daniel E. Heiderman, serving at Patuxent Naval Air Station, and Adam B. Heiderman and Alex M. Heiderman, both of Wittman; a brother, George E. Heiderman of Frederick; a sister, Nancy M. Bull of Ellicott City; and two granddaughters.