Leonard John Chapman (1909 - 2005)

Leonard John Chapman
1909 - 2005
updated September 09, 2019
Leonard John Chapman was born on May 22, 1909 in Eureka, Montana. He died on July 13, 2005 in Anaheim, California at 96 years old.
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Leonard John Chapman
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Male
Gender
Leonard
First name
John
Middle name
Chapman
Last name(s)
Unknown
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Anaheim, Orange County, California 92802
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Leonard Chapman was born on in Eureka, Lincoln County, Montana United States
Birth
Leonard Chapman died on in Anaheim, Orange County, California United States
Death
Leonard Chapman was born on in Eureka, Lincoln County, Montana United States
Leonard Chapman died on in Anaheim, Orange County, California United States
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at Riverside National Cemetery, Van Buren Boulevard, in Riverside, California United States 92518
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United States

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High School

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Minute Maid Co. Stock Clerk, Machine Shop.

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Military Service

Branch of service: Us Air Force
Rank attained: MSGT
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii, Korea

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My father enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1928 when airplanes were wood frames covered with cloth and held together with wire. And 30 years later he saw first-hand the coming of the jet age.
He was born in a little town in Montana near the Canadian border, on the 22nd of May 1909, to Leonard Jay Balch Chapman and Anna May North. His father was born in Vallejo, Calif., and Anna in St. Joseph, Missouri. My father can trace his lineage back to Edward Chapman who left the shores of England, landing in Massachusetts around 1638. Edward's descendants are now in every state in the country, numbering in the 10's of thousands.
Leonard began his military career in the Philippines Islands in 1928, transferring back to states in 1931 where he was stationed at March Field, California. While at March, he was involved with the testing of parachutes of various designs, and jumped from perfectly good aircraft to see if they would be of value to the service! As the years went by he became more involved with the aircraft, eventually becoming one of the top rated "flight engineers" in the U.S. Air Force.
Just before the outbreak of World War II, Leonard was stationed at Long Beach, Ca., with the old 6th Ferrying Command. In 1942 he was transfered to India, where he was flying supplies into China and Burma, in the famous "China, Burma, India Campaign", or "CBI".
At the end of the war, Leonard came home to the old airbase at Long Beach, then to Kelly Field, in San Antonio for three years, returning again to Long Beach. He was called to duty by then Col. William H. Turner to take part in the "Berlin Airlift". This was one of the greatest undertakings ever; to supply the people of Berlin with food and coal. It was a very demanding job, and Master Sergeant Chapman was in it from the beginning to the end!
Back home on American soil, he settled down to normal "Chief Flight Line" supervisory work, when again he was summoned to Frankfurt, Germany in 1952. He sent for his family, and all of us (1 wife, 1 son (me) and 3 daughters) arrived in the Fatherland, spending three wonderful years there.
Finally, dad was able to finish his duties and retire in Oct. 1958, with over thirty years of service as one of the top rated Master Sergeants in the U.S. Air Force.
He lived another 46 years, retiring from the Minute Maid Company, playing golf and traveling around the country.

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In 1909, in the year that Leonard John Chapman was born, Polish physician and medical researcher Paul Ehrlich found a cure for syphilis, which was a prevalent (but undiscussed) disease. He found that an arsenic compound completely cured syphilis within 3 weeks.

In 1914, he was only 5 years old when in August, the Panama Canal opened to traffic. Begun by the French in the 1880's and abandoned, the United States undertook further construction in 1904. After 10 years, and the elimination of malaria carrying mosquitoes (which caused immense delays for the French and the Americans), the 48 mile long artificial waterway - a series of locks - created a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In 1952, Leonard was 43 years old when on February 6th, George VI of England died from a coronary thrombosis and complications due to lung cancer. His eldest daughter, age 25, immediately ascended the throne as Elizabeth II and her coronation was on June 2 1953.

In 1968, Leonard was 59 years old when on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

In 1979, he was 70 years old when on March 28th, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the power plant at Three Mile Island Pennsylvania. Radiation leaked into the environment, resulting in a rating of 5 on a scale of 7 ("Accident With Wider Consequences") . It ended up costing $1 billion to clean up the site.

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Other Leonard Chapmans

Unknown - Unknown
c. 1915 - Nov 13, 1942
c. 1914 - Sep 8, 1941
c. 1920 - Mar 26, 1943
c. 1928 - Apr 26, 1942
c. 1893 - Dec 29, 1915
c. 1921 - Sep 4, 1943
c. 1920 - Apr 9, 1941
c. 1925 - Nov 18, 1944
c. 1922 - Mar 27, 1944
c. 1898 - Sep 1, 1916
c. 1899 - Sep 26, 1940
c. 1893 - Jul 1, 1916
c. 1897 - Sep 16, 1916
c. 1897 - Sep 2, 1918
c. 1911 - Unknown
c. 1924 - Unknown
c. 1923 - Unknown
c. 1916 - Unknown
c. 1916 - Unknown

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Dec 15, 1933 - Apr 20, 2011
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Mar 23, 1965 - Apr 1, 2007
Dec 9, 1935 - Aug 24, 2007
Sep 24, 1947 - May 17, 2002
Sep 9, 1923 - Oct 14, 2010
Nov 13, 1913 - Mar 11, 1992
Mar 8, 1882 - December 1970
Apr 17, 1890 - March 1980
Feb 16, 1882 - November 1976
Jun 23, 1882 - June 1969
Oct 28, 1878 - Jan 15, 1968
Aug 21, 1951 - Jan 22, 2011
Nov 16, 1952 - May 27, 2011
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