In Memory of my Father,

Colonel Arthur Leo Chase (1935-1994)
Fighter Pilot, USAF (1958-1986)


Obituary for Arthur Leo Chase

Published Friday, September 23, 1994
The Alexandria Daily Town Talk, Alexandria-Pineville, Louisiana


Arthur L. Chase

Services for Arthur Leo Chase will be at 10:00 AM today in St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Pineville, with the Reverend Lee Kneipp officiating. Burial will be in National Cemetery under the direction of Hixson Bros.

Chase, 59, of Pineville, died at 1:35 PM Wednesday, September 21, 1994 in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pineville.

He was a native of Lubbock, Texas, and a member and four-year letterman with the Texas Tech baseball team as a pitcher. He played semi-pro baseball in Durango, Colo. from 1955-56.

He was a US Air Force veteran. He received the Top Gun Award in 1964 and was a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War, flying in 283 combat missions. He received many awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor with two Oak Leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service with three Bronze Stars, Air Force Longevity Service Award with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Silver Star, Small Arms Expert Marksman Award, Bronze Star with Valor, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Combat Readiness Medal.

He was Commander of the 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Flying Tigers" at England AFB from 1976-77, and also Commander of Ohio Air National Guard from from 1981-82 in Springfield, Ohio. He was a member of the Retired Officers' Association, Vietnam Vets, American Legion, and VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Faye W. Chase of Pineville, two sons, Milward G. Chase of Austin, Texas, and Arthur S. Chase of Houston, Texas; two stepsons, John A. Harrell of Tioga and Jeffrey W. Harrell of Pineville; one daughter, Andrea C. Melancon of Pineville; one stepdaughter, Jenny M. Hicks of Tioga, his mother, Marie Burke of Lubbock, Texas, one sister, Glenna McCain of Lubbock, Texas, and eight grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9 AM until time of services today in the church.

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