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Joel Henry Chapin

Personal Data:

    Birth Date:  August 9, 1947

    Birth Place:  Springfield, Massachusetts

    Race:  Caucasian

    Religion:  Protestant

    U.S. Citizen:  Yes

    Father's Name:  Luther E. Chapin

    Mother's Name:  Frances I. (Thorpe) Chapin

    Sibling Names:   

Judith C. (Chapin) Brightman; Richard W. Chapin; Neil R. Chapin; Donald T. Chapin; Cynthia (Chapin) Tillander; Lesley (Chapin) Frederick

    Marital Status:  Single

    Wife's Name:   

    Offspring Names:   


    High School Diploma:  Unknown

Selective Service Data:

    SSS Local Board Number:  80

    SSS Local Board Location:  West Springfield, Massachusetts

Military Service Record:

    Entry Date:  October 21, 1966

    Entry Mode:  Induction

    Entry Location:  Springfield, Massachusetts

    Home Of Record:  Springfield, Massachusetts

Please Note: Chapin family members report that Joel Chapin never actually lived in Springfield. The family lived in West Springfield at the time of Joel's death, having just moved there from Agawam. Joel was a resident of Agawam when he was inducted. Determining why such errors exist in military service records is, unfortunately, beyond the scope of this project.

    Military Branch:  Army

    Military Component:  Selective Service

    Rank:  Private First Class

    Rank Abbrev:  PFC

    Pay Grade:  E3

    ID Card Description (issued July 11, 1967):  5'10"/170 pounds/brown hair/brown eyes

    MOS:  76A10

    MOS Title:  Supplyman

    MOS Background:   

Established May 65 as Supply Clerk.  Retitled to Supplyman Apr 67.  Deleted May 74. 4th char of 1 = E1-E4 skill level. 5th char of O = no extra qual or SQL.

  Awards Received:  Purple Heart Medal; National Defense Service Medal

    Badges Earned:  Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar

    Length Of Service:  less than 1 year

Southeast Asia Tour Data:

    Date Tour Commenced:  August 28, 1967

    Division:  1st Logistical Command

    Battalion:  240th Quartermaster Battalion

    Company:  647th Quartermaster Company

    Base Location:  An Khe (Petroleum Operations), South Vietnam

    Vehicle/Equipment Type:  2 1/2 Ton Truck

    Army Campaign Number:  5th

    Army Campaign Name:  Counteroffensive, Phase III

Casualty Data:

    Casualty Date:  October 13, 1967

    Casualty Time:  1915

    Casualty Age:  20

    Casualty Data 1:  Hostile, Died While Missing

    Casualty Data 2:  Ground Casualty

    Casualty Data 3:  Gun, Small Arms Fire

    Casualty Province:  Binh Dinh Province

    Casualty Country:  South Vietnam

    Casualty Grid Coordinates:  BR 615 463

    Body:  Recovered


    Burial Location:  Center St. Cemetery, Granby, Massachusetts 

    Burial Plot Location: 

    Burial Date: 

   Consigned Funeral Home: Curran-Jones Funeral Home, West Springfield, Massachusetts

    Escort Name:  SP4 Franklin G. Giberson, USA

    Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  14th

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  27E

                                                    Line Number:  99

Photographs supplied by Lesley (Chapin) Frederick, October 13, 2005,
the 38th anniversary of Joel's death. 

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