Letters of Second Lieutenant Charles Wesley Chapman, Jr. December 19, 1894 - May 3, 1918
Air Force Research Institute Maxwell AFB United States
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Charles Wesley Chapman, known to all his friends as Carl, was born at Dubuque, Iowa, December 19th, 1894. He was killed in an aeroplane battle northeast of Toul, France, on May 3rd, 1918, and fell behind the German lines. He is buried near Remoncourt on the Franco-German border, but in French territory. He was a Junior at Amherst College at the time he enlisted for service with the Franco-American Ambulance Corps, sailing for France on May 19th, 1917. On his arrival, he found that men for the Flying Corps were badly needed, so joined the French Army as a member of the Franco-American Flying Corps. He went through the French Schools at Avord, Pau, Cazaux, and Plessis-Belleville. In January, 1918, he transferred to the American Army and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, going to the front with the 94th Aero Squadron. These letters are published so that his friends may have the story of his months in the Service in his own words.