John Monroe ChappellTechnical Sergeant
12TH CE SQUADRON, 12TH TFW, 13TH AF
United States Air Force
02 November 1929 - 17 December 1965
St Louis, Missouri
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The database page for John Monroe Chappell
TSGT Chappell is remembered by the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial, Big Spring, Texas and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Midland, Texas.
TSgt Chappell perished aboard a transport plane under hostile conditions on December 17, 1965. At the time of his death, his wife lived in Big Spring, Texas.
From a PBVVM representative,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe first AC-47 gunships arrived in Vietnam in November 1965, but their guns had been removed in order to lighten the aircraft for the trans-Pacific flight and did not arrive until a month later. In the meantime the aircraft were put to work on courier and cargo flights. The 4th Air Commando Squadron lost their first aircraft, AC-47D tail number 43-49492, on a courier flight between Tan Son Nhut and Phan Rang on 17 Dec 1965. The wreckage was located on 23 Dec and the bodies of the nine men aboard were recovered.
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
4015 Melody Lane, Odessa, Texas 79762
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 22 Jun 2006
Last updated 06/25/2006