Vance Duncan Chapline
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs: June 2007
Vance Duncan Chapline (1887-1970)
Born on September 19, 1887 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
Graduated from Annapolis in 1909 and commissioned in 1911. Commanding Officer of the Preble October 1914-May 1916. Commanded the Burrows, Harvard and Fairfax during World War I in Irish waters. Aide to Commander Squadron Five, Patrol Force Atlantic Fleet then aide for operations to Commander Naval Forces in France 1918-1919. Commanding Officer of the Reid April 1919-June 1921 and the Philadelphia September 1939-September 1941.
Director of the Naval Reserve Division in the Bureau of Navigation 1941-1942. Director of the Fleet Maintenance Division in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations February 1942-May 1946. Rear Admiral in April 1945. Retired in November 1946. Decorations included the Navy Cross and Legion of Merit.
Died on August 21, 1970.