From a contemporary press report:
Frank B. Chappell, 85, a retired Air Force Colonel and Fairfax County Public Works Department engineer, died of cancer April 6, 2004, at his home in Falls Church, Virginia.
Colonel Chappell was born in Aliceville, Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University in 1940 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1941 and during World War II, he flew 76 combat missions in North Africa, the Mediterranean, Italy, Germany and France.
He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal.
In 1946, Colonel Chappell was assigned to the Pentagon, working in Air Force intelligence, and, except for two three-year tours in Europe, worked there until his 1970 retirement.
For the next 18 years, he worked for the Fairfax County Public Works Department as an engineer in the solid waste department.
Colonel Chappell was a member of the Order of Daedalians, a fraternity of military pilots; the Air Force Aid Society; the Army Navy Club; and Bolling Air Force Base Officers Club.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Eloise “Weezie” Martin Chappell of Falls Church; a son, Frank B. Chappell Jr. of Englewood, Florida; and two grandsons.
CHAPPELL, FRANK B
COL US AIR FORCE
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 02/01/1950 – 02/01/1970
- DATE OF BIRTH: 11/01/1918
- DATE OF DEATH: 04/06/2004
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 06/02/2004
- BURIED AT: SECTION 5-LL ROW 19 SITE 4
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