Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Army Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher D. Chapleau

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher D. Chapleau, 33, of La Grange, Ky.

SFC Chapleau was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died June 30, 2010 at Forward Operating Base Blessing, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat incident.

Sgt. 1st Class Kris Chapleau was a 13 year veteran infantryman and platoon leader from LaGrange, Kentucky who enlisted in the Army in 1997. Sgt. 1st Class Chapleau arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2009, and lived with his wife and family in Lexington.

Chapleau’s awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Expert Infantry Badge; and Weapons Qualification, M16, expert.

Online, Kris's friend JM wrote:

I'm truly a better person for spending time with this man. He had a god given gift to brighten days and making nights unforgettable. Although his time on earth was too short, his memory will live on for a long time to come. God bless his kids and family.

Kris you will be missed!

From SFC Chapleau's obituary:

He is survived by his devoted wife, Terrence Chapleau, sons, Tyler (2) and Jacob (12) of Longs, SC; step-daughters, Angelica Vilanba (9), Kimberly Vilanba (12) of the Philippines; and parents, Bonnie Chapleau of Lexington and Walter and Margery Chapleau of Campbellsberg, KY; sisters, Nicole Mettling (Steve), Shauna Chapleau, and Kate Taylor; brothers, Jon Chapleau (Michelle) and Matthew Taylor; as well as nieces and nephews.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher D. Chapleau was killed in a non-combat related incident on 6/30/10.

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