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Michaud to Present Service Medals to Veteran in Caribou
PRESQUE ISLE, ME – Tomorrow, Congressman Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee, will present military service medals his office worked to obtain for Jeffrey Chapman of New Sweden, Maine. The presentation ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the Caribou Vet Center (456 York Street, Caribou, ME 04736), and members of the media are invited to attend.
In December 2010, Chapman first came to Michaud’s office seeking assistance in obtaining his Valorous Unit Award. He was unable to receive his award in person after he was forced to make a decision between traveling to Ft. Knox, Kentucky, to personally receive the award, and staying behind with his wife, who was battling cancer. He decided to stay home.
After Chapman’s request to receive his Valorous Unit Award was initially denied, Michaud’ office worked for nearly two years to locate and submit the proper documentation needed to obtain the Valorous Unit Award for him.
Awards and decorations that Chapman will receive from Michaud at tomorrow’s ceremony:
• Valorous Unit Award
• National Defense Service Medal
• Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars
• Good Conduct Medal
• Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
• Expert Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar
Additional biographical information on Jeffrey Chapman:
Jeffrey Leroy Chapman was born in Washburn on May 6, 1946. He enlisted into the US Army on November 16, 1965 because he felt that he was going to be drafted into the military services anyway, due to the accelerated level of conflict with Vietnam. Mr. Chapman attended basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. After completing his basic training, Jeffrey then went on to engineering school at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. After fulfilling the qualifications for his specialty schooling, he was sent over to Son Nhut Air Force Base in Vietnam.
Jeffrey served with A Company, 3rd Platoon, and 3rd Squad of the 19th Engineer Battalion during his two tours of duty overseas. He was in Vietnam for the May 1966 counteroffensive and July 1966 counteroffensive II, along with part of counteroffensive III. He left South Vietnam just before Christmas of 1967.
The US Department of Army issued a Valorous Unit Award to the 19th Engineer Battalion for their service from July 16, 1966 to December 31, 1967 for their extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. Jeffrey was one of three men from Maine to receive this Unit Award.
Mr. Chapman stated that he was on a mine sweep team from Saigon north to Hanoi. They worked hard and watched out for one another day and night. Their team primarily covered the area on, and around the Highway QL-1, which was also known as the “street without joy”. Many of the members of his team, along with countless others, did not make it home.
After he fulfilled his obligations overseas he returned home, when he was discharged on August 20, 1968.
Jeffrey later married Cecilia, who he met during potato harvest time in 1965. They have one daughter, Denise.