Military Monday: Certification of Military Service for PVT Joseph Lee Chapple

When family members notice the two flags on display in my parents’ home for the first time, they often ask, “I know one flag is in honor of your dad, but who’s the other flag for?” When I tell them the second flag is in honor of my Uncle Joseph, they will look back at the display case and ask, “really?” as though they may have misunderstood what I said. Once I assure them that it is indeed his flag and not a figment of their imagination, they try to keep a straight face as they apologize for their behavior. But it’s too late — their reaction to my uncle’s flag is so comical that I cannot help but laugh out loud (LOL) myself.

I blogged briefly about my mom’s brother, Joseph Lee Chapple, earlier this year and said that he put the “R” in Rascality! Well, I wasn’t kidding when I said that! Visions of my wayward uncle in the Army following orders — of any kind — is a bit of a stretch for those of us who knew him well – LOL!

My uncle’s tour in the military was a brief one – just 4 months and 10 days! The little time he was there he was assigned to the 308th Tank Destroyer, an  armored vehicle armed with a missile launcher that’s specifically designed to engage enemy armored vehicles. When I asked mom did he ever talk about his military experience and why his tour was so short, she said,

your uncle DID NOT like the Army and they were probably just as eager to give him his Discharge papers, as he was in getting them!”

Well, he may have wanted those Discharge papers real bad in September 1943, but keeping up with these papers after his separation was a different story. Below is a DD 1108 form he completed in 1961 requesting that his Discharge papers be sent to him.

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Below is a transcription of my uncle’s Form DD 1108:

APPLICATION FOR REPLACEMENT OF SEPARATION DOCUMENTS
Date:  Aug 15 1961

SECTION I – INDENTIFICATION OF FORMER SERVICE PERSON
1. LAST NAME – FIRST NAME – MIDDLE NAME (Print or type): Chapple Joseph L.

2. SERVICE NUMBER(S): —– 2220

3. LAST GRADE, RATE OR RANK: PVT

4. BRANCH OF SERVICE:  _X_ ARMY  _ NAVY _ AIR FORCE  _ MARINE CORPS _ COAST GUARD

5. DATE OF BIRTH: Dec 26 – 24

6. PLACE OF BIRTH:  Houston Tex

7. LAST PERMANENT ORGANIZATION TO WHICH ASSIGNED:  308th Tank Destroyer

8. TYPE OF DOCUMENT: Hon. Dis.

9. DATE OF ENTRY: 1943

10. DATE OF SEPARATION: Sept. 1944

11. DATE OF LOSS OR DESTRUCTION: 1961

12. CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING LOSS OR DESTRUCTION: Lost in Transit

13. REMARKS

SECTION III – CERTIFICATION

14. I CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE STATEMENTS ARE TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF.

a. SIGNATURE OF FORMER SERVICE PERSON (or guardian): Joseph Lee Chapple

b. PRESENT ADDRESS (Number, Street, City, Zone and State):  8111 Bertwood Houston  Tex.

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UPON COMPLETION, MAIL THIS APPLICATION TO THE APPROPRIATE ADDRESS AS INDICATED BELOW:

TO:
Commanding Officer
Army Records, Center, TAGO
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis 14, Missouri

INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING FINGERPRINTS

Finger prints are required only in those instances where the certificate requested by a former member covers Army service terminating prior to 9 September 1939.

To obtain clear prints of fingers, press the four fingers of the right hand, which should be kept together, on a stamp pad or printer’s roller for the purpose of inking the fingers, then press the first joints firmly in the space provided for that purpose. The print of the thumb may be made in a similar manner.

RIGHT THUMB PRINT – (uncle’s right thumb imprint)

FINGERPRINTS – (imprint of uncle’s remaining fingers on his right hand)

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Then in 1971 he finds himself without his Discharge papers AGAIN. Below is a hand-written letter he sent to the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri requesting his Discharge papers be sent to him.

Houston Texas
May 14 – 1971

To Commanding Officer
Army Records Center Tago
9700 Page Boulevoid

Gentlemen-

I am sending for my original Discharge as my Discharge were destroyed by fire, and I need this Discharge for the record of my Driving License Please if this can be sent to Joseph L. Chapple. 8111 Bertwood St. 77016 Houston Texas

Thank you very much-
I am Joseph L Chapple.

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At last, my uncle’s Certification of Military Service!

United States of America

Certification of
Military Service

This certifies that –  Joseph L. Chapple    38 422 220
was a member of the –  Army of the United States
from –  May 4, 1943
to –  September 14, 1943
Service was terminated by – Honorable Discharge
Last Grade, Rank, or Rating – Private
Active Service Dates – Same as Above

Given at St. Louis, Missouri, on June 22, 1971

National Personnel Records Center
(Military Personnel Records) D. S.
National Archives and Records Service
General Services Administration

The Administrator of General Services Administration is the Custodian of this Person’s Military Record.
(This form not valid without official Seal)

First Cousins Meet At Last!

On this day . . . November 23, 1863 . . . the color photo process was patented. So to celebrate this day in history as well as celebrate an invention that definitely changed our lives, I share a  color photo I took with some First Cousins I met for the very first time this year!

First Cousins

From (l. to r.) Juska Ann, Liv, Roland, Mom, Bettye, Reginald, and Ralph

Earlier this year, I blogged about the murder of my mom’s sister, Aunt Estella Chapple Thomas (read, “Blue Monday: Woman Killed,” for more information). At the time of her death, she was the mother of 5 children (Carolyn, Charles, Roland, Juska Ann, and Donna Marie) – ranging in ages 1 to 7. After Aunt Estella’s  death, her children (with the exception of the baby, Donna Marie, who died 2 months after her mom from Nephritis) were sent to live with their father who was a soldier in the United States Army overseas. Some years passed before they would return to the US and Texas. Because they were so young when all this happened to them, they literally did not remember any of their mother’s side of the family by the time they were stateside.

Well, some recent Chapple Estate matters have made it possible for me to finally meet my first cousins Juska Ann and Roland Thomas for the very first time on August 25, 2012! This meeting also made it possible for my cousins Bettye, Ralph, and Reginald (my Aunt Ella Louise‘s children), to meet them for the very first time as well . . . woo-hoo!

First Cousins

From (l. to r.) – Juska Ann, Roland, Bettye, Reginald, and Ralph

But the most important point in all this is that my mother got to spend time and see the smiling faces of  all her sisters’ children. This was such a wonderful reunion and a day we won’t forget!

Mom with Nieces and Nephews

From (l. to r.) – Juska Ann, Roland, Mom, Bettye, Reginald, and Ralph

 

Funeral Friday: Mrs. Ella Louise Marshall

A complete transcription of her funeral program is below:

Funeral Services for Mrs. Ella Louise Marshall 1923 - 1969

Funeral Service

For

MRS. ELLA LOUISE MARSHALL
1923-1969

Monday, April 7, 1969
11:00 A. M.

——–oOo——–

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, write;
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth;
yea saith the spirit that they may rest from their labours; and
their works do follow them.” –Rev. 14 – 13.

——–oOo——–

MT. HOREM BAPTIST CHURCH
1915 Lockwood
Houston, Texas

——–oOo——–

Reverend Thomas F. Freeman, Minister

Reverend Ellis Gordon, Asst., Minister

 

Obituary

OBITUARY

To die: – To sleep:  no more; and by a sleep to say we end the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to., ’tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.

Loving, kind and understanding, are the words most appropriate to describe Mrs. Ella Louise Marshall. She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chapple September 18, 1923 in Houston, Texas, and was reared in the fifth-ward section. She was a student of the Atherton Elementary and Phyllis Wheatley Schools. At an early age she united to the Canaan Baptist Church. She later united to the Mt. Horem Baptist Church where she remained for more than twenty years.

In 1942 she united in holy matrimony to Edward Marshall, and to this union were born three children: a daughter, Mrs. Betty Marshall Armstrong, Two sons: Ralph and Reginald Marshall.

While at Mt. Horem, Mrs. Marshall was a member of Naomi Circle and the Mission Chorus., not only was she active in the church, but in her community as well., her good works leave their impact on all who knew her and loved her.

She is survived by her husband: Mr. Edward Marshall, Mother: Mrs. Ethel Chapple; 2 sisters: Mrs. Carrie Taylor and Mrs. Altha Scott; 1 brother Mr. Joseph Chapple Jr., 1 daughter; 2 sons; 1 grandson; 4 Nieces; 10 Nephews; 1 Aunt; 1 Great Aunt; 1 Great Uncle; and a Host of Relatives and Friends.

She will be missed by all who loved her.

Order of Service

 

Order of Service

*Body will rest in state 9 – 11 A. M.

Prelude

Processional

Poem

Invocation

Hymn

Scripture

Prayer

Obituary

Acknowledgments

Selection
Combined Choirs                                       “We’ve Come A Long Way”

Eulogy

Prayer

Recessional

Directing: Ross Mortuary

IntermentMemorial Gardens Cemetery

 

Back Cover

 

 ACTIVE PALLBEARERS

Lee Fuller
James Young
Alvin Steele
Marion Smith
Columbus Hartwell
Willie D. Williams

HONORARY PALLBEARERS

Lillie Gordon
Irene Dixon
Maudry Walker
Allene Steele
Thomas Scott
Loresa Parson
Freddie Randolph
Charlene Flourony
Melvina Foster
Shirley Bonton

——–oOo——–

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The Family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the many flowers, telegrams, calls and expressions of love kindly shown to them at this time. May God Bless You and Keep You.

——–oOo——–

[Smalley – 227-2639]

 

Wordless Wednesday: Ella Louise Chapple Marshall (1923 -1969)

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthWell, almost wordless . . .  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this month I wear pink in honor of my aunt — Ella Louise Chapple Marshall!

Aunt Ella Louise Chapple Marshall

Ella Louise Chapple Marshall

Even though I was a young child when my Aunt Louise died (I was 9 years old), what I remember most about her was her joy and contagious laughter! She could truly light up a room and she had a sense of humor that literally kept people laughing. Family and friends felt at ease with her and genuinely loved being around her. She was a true gem!

Liv turns 3!

To help me celebrate my 3rd birthday, my beautiful aunt was right there! In this photo she’s holding on to my cousin Reginald Marshall. Standing next to her is (from l. to r.) Annie Ray Gilbert (friend), my cousin Ralph Marshall, mom who is helping me cut the cake, and Mary Gilbert (Annie Ray’s sister and friend).

I love this photo and will cherish it for as long as I live because it is the last photo of  my aunt that we have in our collection taken a few years  before she passed away, 2 April 1969, from breast cancer. You can read more about her burial at FindAGrave.

If you have my beloved aunt, Ella Louise (Chapple) Marshall, from Houston, Harris County, Texas (who also lived a few years in Pecos, Reeves County, Texas too) in your family research, let me hear from you because . . . I’m claiming kin!

 

Wordless Wednesday: The Only Chapple Boy

Well, almost wordless . . .

Among those Chapple Girls was one boy . . .

Joseph Lee Chapple

Joseph poses with Lady Friend

My Uncle Joseph was quite a character and definitely considered himself a smooth operator when it came to the fairer sex!

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