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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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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Old Age

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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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Anaheim, Orange County, California 92802


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Minute Maid Co. Stock Clerk, Machine Shop.

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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 1937, he was 28 years old when on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1947, by the time he was 38 years old, on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

In 1976, he was 67 years old when on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

In 1988, at the age of 79 years old, Leonard was alive when on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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Other Leonard Chapmans

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

Other Chapmans

Apr 13, 1911 - December 1978
Dec 12, 1932 - Feb 14, 2008
Jul 17, 1922 - March 1984
Sep 9, 1917 - July 1986
Jun 13, 1912 - Aug 6, 2010
Dec 15, 1933 - Apr 20, 2011
May 19, 1944 - Jan 20, 2009
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
Mar 20, 1940 - November 1982

Other Bios

Jul 26, 1912 - April 1972
Apr 26, 1936 - Dec 24, 2010
Sep 23, 1916 - Nov 8, 2006
Mar 4, 1931 - Apr 23, 2002
May 4, 1907 - December 1985
Jul 25, 1909 - Aug 29, 1999
Nov 12, 1923 - Oct 22, 1976
Jun 7, 1907 - January 1982
Jul 5, 1919 - September 1969
Apr 8, 1920 - Sep 20, 1986
Oct 14, 1914 - January 1976
Nov 27, 1906 - August 1984
Jun 14, 1926 - Jan 12, 1990
Jan 1, 1915 - Feb 3, 1982
Jan 13, 1918 - November 1984
Jan 14, 1918 - Nov 4, 2006
Mar 2, 1927 - October 1968
Aug 26, 1915 - Mar 28, 2000
Oct 15, 1904 - Mar 13, 1991
Sep 11, 1907 - August 1977
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