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Grave marker for William H. Chapman in Mission City Memorial Park, Santa Clara (Santa Clara county), California.


CHAPMAN, William H. -- entered into rest San Jose, CA March 13, 2003. Beloved husband of 54 years of Dolores Chapman. Loving father of Denise Ferryman (Steve), Trudy Valenzuela (Lawrence) and Bill Chapman. Dearest brother of Pete Chapman. Devoted grandfather of Matthew, Jesse, Taylor, William, Rachel, Dylan, Alyssa and Drew. A member of S.I.R.S. and Roving Roosters Club.

A paratrooper, double Purple Heart recipient and highly decorated veteran of the 82nd Airborne in WWII, Bill will be fondly remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and his devotion to his grandchildren. A native of Ellaville, Georgia, age 80.

Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services on Monday, March 17, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at LIMA FAMILY SANTA CLARA MORTUARY, 466 N. Winchester Blvd., Santa Clara. Interment to follow at Mission City Memorial Park.

The family respectfully requests donations to Skills Plus, 1840 Benton St., Santa Clara, CA 95050. Published in the San Jose Mercury News on 3/16/2003.

[San Jose [CA] Mercury News, Mar 16, 2003]

[courtesy of Gerald Gorham]]

Grave marker for William H. Chapman in Mission City Memorial Park, Santa Clara (Santa Clara county), California.


Bill registered for the draft in Merced, CA on 30 June 1942 and was inducted into the Army at Fresno, CA on 19 November 1942,

Pvt Chapman was transferred to Company I, 508th PIR, probably in December 1942.

He was appointed to the grade of T/5 on 4 February 1944

On 16 Jun e 1933 T/5 Chapman was sent to the hospital classed as a non-battle casualty and rejoined the company on 4  July 1944.

He was promoted to T.4 on 9 October 1944.

On 7 January 19445 he was sent to the hospital, again class as a non-battle casualty. He rejoined the company o 3 February.

T/4 Chapman was discharged on 11 November 1945.

His military decorations include the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for participation in the Normandy assault

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