Visitation and funeral services will take place on Thursday, Sept. 16 for World War II veteran Domingo Chapa, who passed away at 97. He was born Dec. 20, 1923 in Atascosa County.
Chapa served in the U.S. Navy and was sent to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan after the atomic bombs were dropped to “take inventory,” as his obituary states. He was honorably discharged after the war and returned home to start his trucking and harvest business with his dad and family.
He married Josephine Salinas and they were blessed with four children. He was believed to have been one of the oldest, if not the oldest, living WWII veteran in Atascosa County. His family will remember him as an example of a faithful and honorable man.
He was featured in a 2017 Pleasanton Express article about a ceremony on Jan. 14, 2017, when he was one of three veterans presented with a Quilt of Honor by the women of Peace by Piece Quilters at St. John Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Jourdanton. He stood proudly as he was draped with the quilt.
Chapa was also featured in a 2015 article by Sue Brown, about how he was among a group of veterans chosen to hunt with the nonprofit group Trinity Oaks. He joined five other veterans at Thumb Tack Ranch near Batesville. He was joined by his grandson, Sergio Chapa.
Please see Chapa’s obituary for more details.