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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Teacher
Tuskegee Airman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Roasted), Barbeque, Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
I Believe I Can Fly.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1921
Birth Location:
Williamsburg, Kentucky

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Teacher
Tuskegee Airman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken (Roasted), Barbeque, Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
I Believe I Can Fly.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1921
Birth Location:
Williamsburg
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Biography

Decorated World War II Air Force veteran and Tuskegee Airman Roy M. Chappell was among a group of African American aviators in the Tuskegee Airmen division that led the way to integrating the armed forces. Born in Williamsburg, Kentucky to Lionel and Flora Chappell, Roy Chappell grew up in Monroe, Michigan, where he was in the top 10 percent of his high school graduating class. In 1940, he left Monroe to attend Kentucky State University, majoring in chemistry. In 1942, during his third year of studies, he was drafted into the armed forces.

In 1944, Chappell underwent navigator training in Hondo, Texas and bombardier training at Randolph Field, Texas. Upon completion, he served as a B-25 bombardier/navigator with the 477th Bombardment Group. In 1945, Chappell was one of the 101 black officers who were arrested for trying to integrate a segregated officers club in what became known as the Freeman Field Mutiny. That same year, Chappell married his wife, Lucy, with whom he had two daughters, Camille and Kathy.

After the war, Chappell completed his education, receiving his B.S. degree in psychology. He went on to become an educator, working as a teacher and guidance counselor in Chicago, Illinois for thirty years, retiring in 1985.

After retiring, Chappell served as the Chicago "DODO" Chapter Tuskegee Airmen President and as the Chairman of the Friends of Meigs Field Board of Directors. On July 25, 2001, Chappell was awarded the Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award, recognized as one of the most prestigious civilian aviation awards. Chappell coordinated the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program and received a Humanitarian Award from the EAA for his efforts. He was also involved with the Chicago Youth in Aviation Project and the Black Star Project of Chicago.

Chappell passed away on September 23, 2002 at age 81.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Roy Chappell lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Roy Chappell lists his parents and siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Roy Chappell describes his elementary school in Williamsburg, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Roy Chappell talks about his parents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Roy Chappell describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Roy Chappell recalls memories of his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Roy Chappell describes participating in sports at Monroe High School in Monroe, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Roy Chappell recalls his social life at Monroe High School in Monroe, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Roy Chappell talks about attending Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Roy Chappell recalls the start of World War II
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Roy Chappell remembers facing racial discrimination in the 1940s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Roy Chappell describes his training for the U.S. Army Air Corps
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Roy Chappell describes the movement to improve opportunities for black servicemen in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Roy Chappell describes cadet training at Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Roy Chappell recalls being lost while learning how to fly a plane
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Roy Chappell tells the story of Chief Anderson's flight with Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Roy Chappell describes two of his fellow Tuskegee airmen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Roy Chappell talks about the casualties during training at Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Roy Chappell talks about continuing his flight training in Hondo, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Roy Chappell describes training to be a navigator
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Roy Chappell talks about the treatment of black officers during training
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Roy Chappell describes his family's reaction to his military success
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Roy Chappell talks about the respect his community showed when he returned home from military service as a Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Roy Chappell reflects upon race and self-image
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Roy Chappell describes finishing bombardiering school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Roy Chappell describes the protests of the segregated Officers Club at Freeman Field in Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Roy Chappell talks about receiving a reprimand for protesting the segregated Officers Club at Freeman Field in Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Roy Chappell describes how the Tuskegee Airmen led to the integration of the U.S. Airforce
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Roy Chappell talks about Commander Benjamin O. Davis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Roy Chappell talks about outside pressure to allow the Tuskegee Airmen to go into combat
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Roy Chappell describes the planes used by bombers during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Roy Chappell talks about the heroism of black units in WWII and how it was unrecognized
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Roy Chappell recalls discrimination in the commercial airline industry following WWII
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Roy Chappell talks about being discharged and life after his service in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Roy Chappell describes teaching at Carnegie Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Roy Chappell talks about how the Tuskegee Airmen eventually gained recognition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Roy Chappell talks about determining who is classified as Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Roy Chappell remembers Tuskegee Airman, Mayor Coleman Young
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Roy Chappell describes his involvement in youth outreach programs, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Roy Chappell describes his involvement in youth outreach programs, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Roy Chappell talks about women in aviation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Roy Chappell describes the sights, sounds, and smells of being a Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Roy Chappell talks about his children's involvement as Heritage Members
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Roy Chappell talks about the costly nature of training young black people as pilots
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Roy Chappell talks about his church involvement and hobbies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Roy Chappell talks about lasting friendships from his military career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Roy Chappell reflects upon the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Roy Chappell talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Roy Chappell talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Roy Chappell advises young people to join the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Roy Chappell comments on The HistoryMakers organization
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Roy Chappell talks about his leadership
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Roy Chappell narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Roy Chappell narrates his photographs