EG Veteran Remembered with New City Street

Press Release

Press Release - Elk Grove Veteran to be Remembered with New City Street

Posted: 05/16/2019

Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE: TMHC), a leading national homebuilder and developer, will recognize and remember Elk Grove Veteran, Wayne Heintz, and his family as part of their model Grand Opening celebration at Milestone in Elk Grove this Saturday, May 18.

Mr. Heintz was selected for a street name as part of the City’s Veteran and Public Safety Street Naming Program, a program that recognizes and remembers individuals who have served the Elk Grove community and our country. Developers select nominees from a list of names maintained by the City when they are naming streets within new development areas. Wayne Heintz Street is the fourth street to open since the program’s inception. An additional fifteen honorees have been approved for street names and are in various stages of development.

The Heintz family learned on May 24, 2018 – coincidentally the 50th anniversary of Wayne’s death - that Taylor Morrison Homes received approval for their nomination of WAYNE HEINTZ STREET in their new subdivision named Milestone, located at Waterman Road/Grant Line Road.
image of Wayne Heintz

Wayne’s tour of duty in Vietnam began on February 29, 1968 by assignment to Co B, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. His involvement in hostile ground action in Khe Son, Quang Tri, Hue, and the Ah Shau Valley led to his death on June 10, 1968. Prior to his death, Pvt. Heintz was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Expert Badge with machine gun bar, and the Sharpshooter Badge with rifle bar.  Posthumously, Corporal Heintz received the following honors:

  • Bronze Star Medal – for outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam during the period February 1968 to June 1968.
  • Air Medal – for meritorious achievement while participating in sustained aerial flight in support of combat ground forces of the Republic of Vietnam during the period February 1968 to June 1968.
  • Purple Heart – for wounds received in action in Vietnam resulting in his death on June 10, 1968.
  • Honorable Service Award – for those who died while in the service of our country as a member of the United States Army, June 10, 1968.
  • Republic of Vietnam:Military Merit Medal, awarded for exceptional meritorious battlefield achievements; and the Gallantry Cross with Palm – awarded for gallantry in action in the Republic of Vietnam.

At home, Wayne was active in FFA during his high school years, inspiring his family in 1969 to establish the Wayne Heintz Memorial FFA Scholarship in his honor. Every year, a deserving graduate from an Elk Grove Unified School District FFA program is awarded a scholarship. This year, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the scholarship, totaling 53 awards representing $30,375 given to date.

Representatives from the Elk Grove City Council, the Heintz family, and Taylor Morrison Home Corporation will participate in a brief street naming dedication ceremony and presentation at 9:30 a.m.

Milestone is a new all single-story community in east Elk Grove. All four models will debut during the Grand Opening event with additional festivities scheduled for the public from Noon to 4 p.m.

For more about Elk Grove’s Veteran and Public Safety Street Naming Program or to nominate an Elk Grove veteran, visit www.elkgrovecity.org/streetsign.

WHAT:             Street Name Dedication Celebration

WHEN:            Saturday, May 18, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:           9261 Wayne Heintz Street (Near the Corner of Waterman Rd and Charolais Way)

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