16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Plot G, Row 20, Grave 23
Born in Easton, Pa. in 1922, Sgt. Frederick G. Chapman Jr. was the oldest of five children. He enlisted in the Army in January 1941 while still an 18-year old senior in high school. After joining the 16thInfantry Regiment, Chapman was shipped from England to North Africa in 1943 as part of Operation Torch. On June 28, 1943, a telegram reached Chapman’s family, stating that he had been wounded in action. Luckily, Chapman had already sent a letter to them explaining that his right shoulder had been hit by shrapnel. After recuperating in the hospital for several weeks, he was fully recovered and already back with his unit.
On D-Day, Chapman, along with members of Company ‘A’, 2ndBattalion, 16thInfantry Regiment, 1stInfantry Division, landed with the first wave of assault troops on the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach. Ahead of them was deadly machine gun and mortar fire from the German strongpoints. Chapman, in the rear of the landing craft, witnessed his best friend shot and killed at the front of the boat before reaching land. Two hours later, Chapman would be hit by machine gun rounds to the chest after making it up the beach. He was 22 years old.
Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster
Frederick G. Chapman Jr. is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot G, Row 20, Grave 23.