GUY D. CHAPPELL, 2LT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Guy Chappell '27

Date of birth: December 23, 1904

Date of death: June 11, 1930

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:

Loss & Biography

From Find A Grave:

Guy DeWitt Chappell was born to Julia Ann Hale Chappell and Sidney Augustus Chappell on December 23, 1904.

Lieutenant Chappell was the first member of the Marine Corps of the Class of 1927 Naval Academy graduates to receive his designation in Aviation. After his completion of training he was assigned to the Quantico, Virginia, Marine base. He was one of the three Marine pilots who staged a demonstration of formation acrobatic flying in connection with Curtiss Marine Trophy races in Washington, D.C., in May 1930. He was killed in a crash June 11, 1930, at Quantico 20 minutes after reading the order of the day, "Take said plane up 5,000 feet and make a nose dive of 1,000 feet." When he leveled off a wing snapped rendering the plane unmanageable, thereby causing the crash which resulted in his death.

He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery with and brother, Clifton, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Guy was married to Margaret Marie Ross of Philadelphia, January 6, 1928. Born to them was a son, Guy DeWitt Chappell II.

Guy was a patrol leader during the Nicaraguan Campaign.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #3530 on October 11, 1929.

Guy is buried in Arkansas.


Class of 1927

Guy is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 in Memorial Hall.