Ralph Jim Chipman

VMA(AW)-533, MAG-15, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
15 August 1943 - 01 July 1974
Orem, Utah
Panel 01W Line 106



Naval Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Ralph Jim Chipman

23 May 2001

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us.
What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Albert Pipe

A memorial initiated by
a friend's daughter.
E-Mail address not available

09 Sep 2002

I was Jim's next door neighbor in Cherry Point and got to see him at Nam Phong, Thailand, before I rotated back in August 72. My love and prayers to his widow and children. I always visit him at the Wall (1W 106) and pray for his safety and if possible, his return. Jim is a true officer and a gentleman and his family can always be proud of this man.

David Brockett

13 Nov 2006

Captain Chipman,

I didn't know you sir, but I carry you in my heart and on my wrist. Thank you for all you have done and making the ultimate sacrifice. I have been in the Air Force for just short of 17 years and I can't think of a time I haven't had all of our brothers and sisters who are still not home on my mind. Thank you again, sir.

"To those who have served,
freedom has a flavor that the protected
will never know."

MSgt Todd A. Boren USAF
12920 Troy Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99515

10 Jul 2007

Capt Ralph Chipman,

You are always part of my prayers and ALWAYS on my wrist. I am a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps; I have been to Iraq twice and my father served with you in Vietnam. Thank you for everything you did.

Alicia Brito

27 Dec 2007

Today is December 27th 2007. It happened so long ago on this same day. I try to remember him each time on the 27th if for a just a short moment. I was the pilot of the flight behind him that night. I returned, he didn't. I am so sorry.

Harry Trauffer
100 Dawson Drive, Powder Springs, Ga 30127

Notes from The Virtual Wall

Captain Ralph J. Chipman, pilot, and 1Lt Ronald W. Forrester, bombardier-navigator, took their A-6A INTRUDER into North Vietnam on December 27, 1972. The last contact was made with the crew over the target area; the aircraft did not return from the mission.

A subsequent article in Quan Doi Nhan Dan, a daily Vietnamese newspaper, described an aircraft downed by the Vietnamese. Apparently the pilot was reported to be dead, and possibly the co-pilot as well. Although this article was thought to possibly relate to Chipman and Forrester, it was not definite enough for proof of death. Both men were classified Missing in Action. Neither has returned.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow Marine,
David Brockett

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 23 May 2001
Last updated 02/17/2008