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ARMANDO CHAPA JR


is honored on Panel 37E, Line 52 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Thanks

    Posted on 11/6/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear AX3 Armando Chappa,
    Thank you for your service as an Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician 3rd Class. You are still MIA.
    PLEASE COME HOME.
    This is the month that we remember all those who are gone. We remember you. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Be at peace.
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  • Searching for his family

    Posted on 10/13/16 - by Brent Covey brentcovey@live.com
    I have his MIA bracelet and would like to return it to his family. Please contact me.
  • Hero i never knew

    Posted on 5/10/16 - by 1995jed@gnail.com
    My name is Specialist Davis, I'm in the US Army and a few years back my mom gave me a POW/MIA bracelet, I have been wearing it for 4 years now, it has brought me courage and strength at some points in my life. When I received this bracelet I was told it was in honor of lost sailor's and for an adopt a sailor program, Well I recently decided to look up the name of the sailor, Armando Chapa and came to discover the memorial page and see all the comments of love for him. I may have never known him but I have held him in my heart since day one, he is a brother in arms, he is a hero, and he is a great man. I'm very happy to have been given this bracelet, I am grateful for him and his family.
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  • Final Mission of AX3 Armando Chapa Jr.

    Posted on 7/22/14 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    At 0900 hours on February 5, 1968, a P-3 "Orion" aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron 26 at U Tapao Airbase, Thailand, left on a "Market Time" mission over the Gulf of Thailand (Gulf of Siam). They were scheduled to return to their base at about 0900 hours the following morning. The crew on board the aircraft included LT Thomas P. Jones, LTJG Lynn M. Travis, LTJG Roy A. Huss, AXCS Donald F. Burnett, AX3 Armando Chapa Jr., AX3 William F. Farris (AX designates Antisubmarine warfare technicians and related duties), AOC Donald L. Gallagher, AMH2 Homer E. McKay, ADR1 James C. Newman Jr., AE1 Melvin C. Thompson (A designates in many cases, aviation personnel, i.e. AE1 is Aviation Electrician's Mate First Class). As antisubmarine warfare was all but unknown in Vietnam, there were a variety of duties handled by those trained in antisubmarine warfare. As marking submarines, and/or destroying them involved the use of marking buoys, electronic "ears" and other technical equipment suited for target marking, antisubmarine teams were frequently used for search missions. They also sometimes assisted in attacks on small enemy water craft. Shortly after midnight on February 6, the Orion reported a surface contact. Some two hours later it reported another contact somewhat further east. The last report received from the Orion was after 0300 hours. No subsequent communication was received. An emergency communication alert for the aircraft was declared shortly after daybreak and a full search and rescue (SAR) was declared. In the late afternoon of February 6, wreckage and debris were sighted and identified. On February 7 search and rescue operations were terminated at sundown. Salvage operations were conducted from February 11 through March 21. The investigating officer concluded that the Orion had impacted with the water, and that the aircraft had been completely destroyed, and that all of the crewmembers had died instantly. The Orion went down about 50 miles off the shores of South Vietnam's An Xuyen Province in the Gulf of Thailand. Presumably, all the crew aboard are "buried" at sea - an honorable burial for a naval man. This crew is listed with honor among the missing because no remains were ever found. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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  • Final Mission of AX3 Armando Chapa Jr.

    Posted on 5/10/14 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    At 0900 hours on February 5, 1968, a P-3 "Orion" aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron 26 at U Tapao Airbase, Thailand, left on a "Market Time” mission over the Gulf of Thailand (Gulf of Siam). They were scheduled to return to their base at about 0900 hours the following morning. The crew on board the aircraft included LT Thomas P. Jones, LTJG Lynn M. Travis, LTJG Roy A. Huss, AXCS Donald F. Burnett, AX3 Armando Chapa Jr., AX3 William F. Farris (AX designates Antisubmarine warfare technicians and related duties), AOC Donald L. Gallagher, AMH2 Homer E. McKay; ADR1 James C. Newman Jr., and AE1 Melvin C. Thompson (A designates in many cases, aviation personnel, i.e. AE1 is Aviation Electrician's Mate First Class). As antisubmarine warfare was all but unknown in Vietnam, there were a variety of duties handled by those trained in antisubmarine warfare. As marking submarines, and/or destroying them involved the use of marking buoys, electronic "ears" and other technical equipment suited for target marking, antisubmarine teams were frequently used for search missions. They also sometimes assisted in attacks on small enemy water craft. Shortly after midnight on February 6, the Orion reported a surface contact. Some two hours later it reported another contact somewhat further east. The last report received from the Orion was after 0300 hours. No subsequent communication was received. An emergency communication alert for the aircraft was declared shortly after daybreak and a full search and rescue (SAR) was declared. In the late afternoon of February 6, wreckage and debris were sighted and identified. On February 7 search and rescue operations were terminated at sundown. Salvage operations were conducted from February 11 through March 21. The investigating officer concluded that the Orion had impacted with the water, and that the aircraft had been completely destroyed, and that all of the crewmembers had died instantly. The Orion went down about 50 miles off the shores of South Vietnam's An Xuyen Province in the Gulf of Thailand. Presumably, all the crew aboard are "buried" at sea - an honorable burial for a naval man. This crew is listed with honor among the missing because no remains were ever found. [Narrative taken from pownetwork.org; image from wikipedia.org]
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.