Gene E Chepely

Private First Class
Army of the United States
07 April 1945 - 07 February 1966
Granite City, Illinois
Panel 05E Line 009

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Gene E. Chepely

The database page for Gene E Chepely

2 Jul 2002

My memory of you still carries on even though I really can't remember you. A card I read when I was small, let me know you loved me so. I was born in February 1965. The card I had was from Easter, it said:

"Even though you're too young to read this I just wanted you to know I was thinking of you on your first Easter."

Those words I have never let go of. I know that you held me and loved, that is what they said. But, right before you got to come home your name was added to the list of the dead. Just a few days before I was one our parents got the letter that made them so blue. But, as you can see I'm still here just waiting for the day to talk to you!!!!

In our memory you always are. I've taught my children just who you are. A young man at 20 who got shot, who really did not want to go but, they had his spot. They see how I love you and we decorate your grave. Your name will live on forever!!! Forever in our hearts!!!

6 Nov 2004

Your name is carried on. Having been allowed the opportunity to give my Grandson his middle name I gave him yours!!! We took him to the Moving Wall today, it's his first time there. He touched your name and I told him that he had a very special guardian angel. Really weird, but right below it was a man whose name was the last name of his. So, here's to your legend!!!! Your great nephew Alexander Edward

From his sister,

11 Nov 2004

Even though I never knew you, someday I will,
To walk the streets of heaven in world that's never still.

To finally get to meet you and know who you are,
Keeps me waiting and wishing on that same bright star.

I know you are a hero and your name is now fame,
And for all the rest who are here or gone should definitely feel the same.

You were a brother and an uncle, a son and a cousin,
no one ever knew that you coming home was a musn't.

You fought for our country and stood your ground,
You died for others' peace and this nation's freedom was found.

I thank God today for men like you, where would these people or us be,
Growing up in a hatred world or learning they are free.

Thanks again, "Genie boy", your memory will never be lost
And to the rest of you, whose life was your cost.

From his niece,
Tabitha Morris

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Company A, 2/28th Infantry, lost three men of 07 Feb 1966:
  • SSG Guy F. Snyder, Clinton, MA;
  • PFC Gene E. Chepely, Granite City, IL; and
  • PFC Dale R. McInnis, Pierre, SD

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Frannie Chepely 
2 Jul 2002

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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