MAJ Richard "Dick" G Chapman was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 01/18/2020 at the age of 82.2 from Parkinson
Tucson, AZ
Flight Class 60-7
Date of Birth 10/25/1937
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 129 AHC in 66-67, D/229 AHB 1 CAV in 69-70
Call signs in Vietnam KING COBRA, SMILING TIGER 6
This information was provided by Georgia Chapman - spouse

More detail on this person: Ware Shoals - COL. Richard G. Chapman, Jr. Ret., 82, formerly of Ware Shoals, husband of Georgia Burke Chapman, of Oro Valley, AZ, died Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Tucson, AZ. Born in Greer, SC, on October 25, 1937, he was a son of the late Richard Grady, Sr. and Mary Davis Chapman. He was of the Baptist Faith, a former member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ware Shoals, SC. Surviving in addition to his wife Georgia, are his children: Abby (Chris) Thompson, Pam Chapman, and Rob (Jerra) Chapman; a brother, Bruce, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Gerald M. Chapman. He was a 1955 graduate of Ware Shoals High School and received a B.S. from the University of South Carolina, B.S, in Engineering from the University of Nebraska, and M.S Geo-Environmental Studies from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. After entering service in the U.S. Army in 1966 his military education included the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Armed Forces Staff College, and Army War College. His aviation assignments included Helicopter Lift and Gunship Platoon Commander, 1st Aviation Brigade, Vietnam: Attack Helicopter Company Commander, 1st Calvary Division, Vietnam; and Flight Commander and Instructor Pilot, Cobra School, Savannah, GA. His Engineer Assignments included: Operations officer, Engineer Battalion, Germany; Executive Officer, Engineer Battalion, Germany; Logistics Officer, Engineer Brigade, Germany; Deputy Commander, Corps of Engineer District, Walla Walla, WA; Engineer Battalion Commander, 5th Infantry Division, Fort Polk, LA; Engineer US Forces, Japan, Tokyo; Engineer, US Army Europe, Heidelberg, Germany; Commander, US Army Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands; and Director of Engineering, Fort Carson, CO. His awards and decorations include: Valor; Distinguished Flying Cross (2); Air Medal with "V" for valor; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry; Combat Unit Citations (3). Combat: Bronze Star (2), and Air Medal (27). Service: Legion of Merit (3); Meritorious Service Medal (3), and numerous others. His overseas assignments included: Vietnam, 2 assignments, 2 years; Germany, 2 assignments, 5 years; Japan, 3 years; and the Marshall Islands, 2 years. COL Chapman retired from the military after serving 30 years. His civilian career included: Coleman and Towns, Architects and Engineers, Greenwood, SC 6 years; University of New Mexico, Research Engineer, 7 years; General Manager, O&M Contract, Fort Carson, CO, 2 years; and Professional Services Consultant (intermittent). Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 PM at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ware Shoals, Laurens County, SC. Online condolences may be sent to

Burial information: Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Ware Shoals, SC

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