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In honor of Corporal David Chapa, US Army, - Served in World War II
Hometown: Sandia, Texas
(Submitted September 29, 2008 by Mary Chapa)

Born in Sandia, Texas November 2, 1916, Corporal David Nunez Chapa, 200th Coast Artillery 1st Battalion A Battery was a patriot who was proud to serve his country. He had a big heart and a generous spirit.  He served with others from the New Mexico area and was shipped to the Philippine Islands and Clark Air Force base leaving the US on September 8, 1941.  Clark Air Force Base was attacked the day after Pearl Harbor and my Dad’s unit was responsible for covering the retreat of the Northern Luzon Force into Bataan.  As the war situation deteriorated his regiment surrendered to the Japanese and he survived the atrocities of the 65-mile “Death March” to be held prisoner for over 3 years.  David was never bitter but believed we all “had a job to do” and held strong values about exercising our right to vote.  As he told us often “I didn’t go over there for nothing.”   He believed he served so that we could live in a free country and especially so that we could get out and vote.  My father moved to Minnesota after the war, married and raised his 5 children and grandchildren.  He died suddenly on September 16, 2008 but his sense of humor, love of family and generous spirit will live on.  We will wear our button honoring him and the right to vote with pride.    

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