A copy of a petition for naturalization filed with a federal court in Lake Charles, Louisiana, provides a few additional details on our protagonist, the late CIA officer Henry Hecksher.
- The document notes that he entered the US Army on January 27, 1942. His serial number was 38055921.
- He requested a new name, Henry Detlev Hecksher, as part of the naturalization process. (As a reminder, his birth name was Heinrich Gustav Adolf Detlev Heckscher.)
- His witnesses were fellow soldiers at Camp Polk, Louisiana. This is presumably where he was stationed at the time. The document shows he was a private with the headquarters company of the Second Armored Corps.
The document was signed on May 19, 1942.
National Archives and Records Administration – Southeast Region (Atlanta); Atlanta, GA; Petitions for Naturalization, compiled 1921 – 1988; Series Number: 648599; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States; Record Group Number: 21 https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2507&h=101266&tid=&pid=&queryId=a45fd36e39e82449080adda13c1e079f&usePUB=true&_phsrc=Eeq7&_phstart=successSource