Chapin High School began its January 22 school day differently in order to honor its namesake's legacy and sacrifice. Tuesday marked the 75th anniversary of decorated war hero Captain John L. Chapin's death during WWII at the Battle of the Rapido River.
Chapin's JROTC stood at attention as staff member Barry Boetto read a narrative of Chapin's life and commitment to El Paso and the Men of Company E. Next, Associate Superintendent Carla Gonzales, Chapin Principal Robert Marsh, Military Family Liaison Richard Tellez, JROTC Facilitator LTC Leonard Wells, and representatives from Fort Bliss, and specifically, the 32nd AAMDC placed a wreath at the base of Captain Chapin's commemorative statue in the school's main rotunda. Trumpet players from the Chapin Husky Band played Taps which echoed through the halls while students, teachers, and guests stood around the rotunda to honor Captain Chapin.
Included below are photos and media links that tell the story of Captain Chapin and this memorial event.