Antique Vintage 07

Mr Franklin Jack Chapman

January 24, 1932 ~ January 17, 2020 (age 87)


Franklin Jack Chapman, Sr. of Santa Fe, NM, died on January 17, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Claudette, and children: Debbie DeMarais, Jack Jr. (Rob Howe), Cindy (Mano Jones), and Patrick.

Jack was born on January 24, 1932, in Wagoner, OK. At 16, he enlisted in the Army and in 1950 was sent to Korea. On November 30, 1950, as part of the Heavy Weapons Platoon, Company D, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, Jack was captured by the Chinese during the Chosin Reservoir battle. He had sustained shrapnel wounds to his left arm and both legs, bullets in his right arm and leg, and a bullet in his forehead. He distinguished himself by taking over a 75mm recoilless rifle when no one else would. He manned it until he was wounded in his forehead. Jack was a P.O.W. for 32 months and 20 days, he was released on August 21,1953.

In January 1955, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served for 15 years. It was during this time, while he was stationed in France, he met and married the love of his life, Claudette. Jack retired from military service on June 1, 1970, after serving his last five years with the Inspecting General’s Team and assisting Scotland Yard. He worked as the Director of Security at Highline Community College, in Midway, WA, until he retired after 21 years.

Jack served as the President of the Korean War Ex-POW Association from 2003 - 2006 and served on their Board of Directors for many years. He made it his mission to recount P.O.W.’s experiences during the Korean War, and keep the Korean War from being forgotten. He also spent his time advocating for veterans and surviving spouses.

For his outstanding service to both the Army and Air Force, Jack received the following medals:

Bronze Star with V Device for Acts of Valor in Combat

2 Purple Hearts with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

AF Commendation Medal

AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon w/ 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters

Presidential Unit Citation Korea

Army of Occupation Medal - Japan

National Defense Service Medal w/Bronze Star

Korean Service Medal w/4 Bronze Stars and 1 Silver Star

United Nations Service Medal

Combat Infantry Badge

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

P.O.W. Medal

State of Oklahoma Cross of Valor

Korean Service Medal - 50th Anniversary

Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal

In 2018, he was honored by the New Mexico House of Representatives for exemplary service to the citizens of New Mexico and the United States of America.

A memorial service will be held on March 30, 2020, at 2:15pm at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to are requested.

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Memorial Service
March 30, 2020

2:15 PM
Santa Fe National Cemetery
501 N. Guadalupe
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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