Decades of Service – Honoring My 95-Year-Old WWII Veteran, Uncle Francisco
As we honor all veterans who serve this country and remember those we have lost, I would love to highlight a special veteran in my family. My great-great uncle, Francisco Chapa joined the U.S. Army back in the 1940’s and still cherishes his accomplishments in the service.
Francisco was born on June 4, 1918 in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. He joined the U.S. Army at the age of twenty-four and once inducted into the Army, he became a U.S. citizen. He served his adopted country with honor in General Eisenhower’s Third Army. Once assigned as a private to the 3833rd Quartermaster Company, his job was to help feed, clothe and equip the Third Army as they traveled to many places such as Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes and Rhineland. He also was a Marksman 2nd class gunner.
He was awarded many medals and honors, which he showcases on the wall of his home. In his military shadowbox, all his honors are on display.
- The Good Conduct Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- World War II Victory Medal
- European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
- Silver Star Attachment
- Honorable Service Commemorative Medal
- Meritorious Unit Commendation & Oak Leaf Cluster Bronze Large
- Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII
- Marksman Badge & Carbine Bar
I admire both my great-great uncle and father Roy Slape, who was part of the U.S. Air Force, for bravely giving part of their lives to our great country. We highlight all Veterans today but everyday we should cherish what these veterans do and have done. Thank you for your service!