LEONARD J SCHOEPPNER
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HONORED ON PANEL 13W, LINE 101 OF THE WALL

LEONARD JOHN SCHOEPPNER

WALL NAME

LEONARD J SCHOEPPNER

PANEL / LINE

13W/101

DATE OF BIRTH

10/02/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/09/1970

HOME OF RECORD

CANTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Stark County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LT

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Contact Details
STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LEONARD JOHN SCHOEPPNER
POSTED ON 2.11.1999
POSTED BY: Tom Herskowitz

Chops, Rememeberd from a VF-21 comrade.

I served with Leonard "Chop's" Schoeppner in VF-21 on board the USS Ranger. Chops was a pilot and also a qualified LSO. Lt. Dean Capper, also in VF-21 and my pilot, was one of Chop's best friends.

Chops was not married.

He was one of the funniest guys in the squadron. During the movie each night, Chops had a center front row seat and always wore a Donald Duck cap that had a "honking" bill. He was always honking the cap when he saw something funny. He would also put his hand up and let the shadow of his hand pat the bottom of any pretty lady that walked across the screen.

Chops was lost at sea on a clear day after returning from a combat mission over Loas. He and Rex Parcels, checked in with the ship and were drilling holes in the sky waiting for their "charlie time." They never checked in again. It was thought that they took a couple of turns with another plane, an A-7 or A-4, from a sister carrier, the Connstellation I think, and got disoriented in a nose down dive and crashed in the China Sea. Their bodies were never recovered nor was any wreckage found.

Chops was a good man. He is missed by his comrades and friends.

God Bless you Chops.

Tom Herskowitz San Diego 2/10/99
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