KIA Chapman

Pvt. 1st Class Edmond R. Chapman

Born June 9, 1921; Died July 23, 1944

U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Edmond R. Chapman was born on June 9, 1921. He was 21 years old when he reported to begin his service on Nov. 18, 1942, at Fort McPherson, Georgia. He was assigned to the 134th Infantry Division and would go to France to fight the Germans in World War II.

Heading overseas in June 1944, Chapman would be declared Missing in Action on July 23, 1944, a month after he had begun to fight. Later the War Department would declare him Killed in Action on the same date. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Chapman, who lived at 213 W. Cherry St. in Griffin, received the tragic news of their son’s death. Chapman had three sisters. He is buried in the Tazwell Cemetery located in Buena Vista, Georgia (near Columbus).

Edmond Chapman may not have returned home alive, but a grateful community now honors the Hometown Hero. An individual bronze plaque was installed in Historic Downtown Griffin at 117 W. Taylor St. and is sponsored by Gordon State College.

If you would like additional information about Pvt. 1st Class Chapman, or any of the other Griffin-Spalding County Hometown Heroes, visit the website www.honorourkia.org.