More detail on this person: Graveside services with full Military Honors for William C. (Jim)
Chambliss will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 4, 2010, at the National Cemetery, Pineville, with
Father Steve Brando and Chaplain Ray Gibson officiating. Burial will be under the direction of
Hixson Brothers, Alexandria.
Mr. Chambliss, 84, of Dry Prong, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2010, at the VA Palative Care Unit, Pineville.
He served in the 82nd Airborne Division for eight years and he was a 1st Sergeant prior to attending Flight School. Jim graduated from Flight School, Class 55-G as a Warrant Officer, W-1 at Fort Rucker, Alabama in 1955. After Flight School, Jim went to Fort Benning, Georgia. He was a Chief Warrant Officer, W-2 and a Rotary Wing Pilot assigned to the 11th Transportation Company (Light Helicopter) (H-34) at Nellingen, Germany in 1957, when as a member of a flight from the 11th that was supporting NATO, he ended up in the hospital at Rjuken, Norway after he crashed a CH-34 helicopter on a mountain in central Norway and was rescued by Sp Thomas D. Walsh, the Crew Chief from another 11th Transportation Company CH-34 helicopters that jumped onto the crash sight in August of 1957. After leaving Germany and the 11th in 1960, Jim was assigned to the 3rd Transportation Company (Light Helicopter) (H-21) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and three months later was assigned to the Presidential Flight Detachment while he was at Fort Belvoir in 1960 to 1965. Jim graduated from the Helicopter Instrument Qualification Course, the Instrument Examiner's Course and the Fixed Wing Qualification Course at Fort Rucker. He was assigned as a Chief Warrant Officer, W-3 to USARV in South Vietnam in 1966. After leaving Vietnam, Jim went to Fort Wolters, Texas where he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer, W-3 on the 30th of September, 1968. After retirement, he flew ten years in the Gulf of Mexico for Air Logistics Helicopters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and six sisters.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 26 years, Marty Chambliss; daughter, Tammy Beruber and husband Bill of Ft. Worth, Texas, stepdaughters, Brenda Hewitt and husband John of San Antonio, Cindy Chudj of Ft. Worth, Texas; stepsons, John Bates and wife Rachel of Lafayette, Scott Bates of Birmingham, Alabama, Mark Bates of Richmond, Virginia; stepgrandchildren, Heather Hewitt, Chad and Chance Chudj, Ben Bates, Brandon Bates, Sheldon Bates, Colton Bates; three great step-grandchildren.
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