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Chester Seipp

 

Date and Place of Birth: 1919 Pasadena, MD
Date and Place of Death:    August 9, 1945 Smiley, TX
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Shortstop
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Military Unit: USAAF
Area Served: United States

Chester V. Seipp, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Seipp, was born in Pasadena, Maryland in 1919. The young shortstop entered military service on May 17, 1941 and served 31 months of combat duty in Italy, Africa and England before returning to the United States, where he served with the Army Air Force at Foster Field, Texas, and was the regular shortstop on the Foster Field Falcons baseball team.

On August 9, 1945, the Falcons traveled to Childress Army Air Base in Texas for a ballgame. The Falcons won that contest and five of the players - Seipp, Lester Clotiaux, Duard Lawson, Harold Phillips and Pete Zarrilla, along with pilot Second Lieutenant Peter R. Davis - flew back to Foster Field in a twin-engined airplane. On the return journey the plane crashed near Smiley, Texas and burst into flames. Staff Sergeant Seipp and the other five men on board were all killed.

Sources
Annapolis Capital, August 16, 1945

Date Added: February 8, 2013 Updated July 23, 2013

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