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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free


Chester Seipp


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


Chester V Seipp was born in Pasadena, Maryland in 1919. The young shortstop entered military service on May 17, 1941. He served as a staff sergeant 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.


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Thanks to Davis O Barker for help with this biography.


Added November 21, 2006. Updated December 17, 2006.


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