- Cullman, Alabama


April 2, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: In praise of Chester Freeman’s military service

Chester Freeman was a member to the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. We held our first meeting since his death on March 21. I've attached an excerpt from our March Newsletter concerning him. It gives his military history as known to me. He was such a humble man that he probably never mentioned World War II.

Passing of Chapter member Chester Freeman:

Chester W. Freeman, a charter member of the chapter, passed away on Feb 8, 2013. He was 90 years old. Patriot Freeman was a very successful and highly respected member of the Cullman community and a very humble man. The most that is said of him concerning his military service is: “Chester was a veteran of World War II and came home to serve his country again by service to his community”. His World War II service was from November 1942 to October 1945. During that time he was assigned to A Company, 132nd Infantry, Americal Division. He was a Rifle Platoon Sergeant and was wounded during the fighting in Bougainville, Solomon Islands early in 1944 and again in April 1945 during the assault on Talisay Cebu, The Philippines. He was a Tech Sergeant when he was discharged, equivalent to a Sergeant First Class today. His military service, like his accomplishments in Cullman, is only known when others speak of it. He was too humble to mention it himself. Cullman and the Military Order of the Purple Heart both lost a great American when he passed. May he rest in peace.

Clifford Gissell


Chapter 2212 MOPH

Editor’s note: Click here to read about Freeman’s service.

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