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Video+Story: Italians honor Captain Chapin, Company E for heroism at Battle of Rapido River

On Sunday, residents of the village of Cassino, Italy, paused to remember the heroic sacrifice of Captain John L. Chapin and the men of Company E, during the Battle of Rapido River.

In the same spot where hundreds of soldiers met their fate during a operation to draw the entrenched Nazi army away from a planned landing in Anzio, visitors and residents gathered and prayed, as a priest blessed the area.

A short time later, in a salute to the Texas troops, those in attendance each tossed a single yellow rose into the swirling waters.  Then a lone bugler played ‘Taps,’ and the town’s ‘Peace Bell’ rang out, over the roar of the dark, rushing river.

The entire event was carried out to honor the men of U.S. 36th Infantry Division, made up of the Texas Army National Guard – which included El Pasoan Captain John L. Chapin; namesake of El Paso ISD’s Chapin High School.

Capt. Chapin graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Chemical Engineering; while he had plans to attend medical school, he chose instead to serve in the National Guard.

Almost a year prior to the United State’s entry into World War II,  Capt. Chapin’s unit was activated as Company E, 141st Infantry, 36th Division in the United States Army.

Capt. Chapin and Company E were sent to North Africa.  During his stint there, Chapin declined many promotions so he could stay with Company E, a unit largely consisting of fellow El Pasoans from Bowie, Austin and El Paso High Schools; as well as residents of San Antonio and other Texas towns.

The two-day battle was among the fiercest of the Italian campaign, with wave after wave of troops being cut down before even crossing the river.  Chapin and Company E, under heavy fire, were one of the few units to make it across the river.

Once there, the Nazi defense proved to be too much.  The constant fire from the Germans prevented any reinforcements from landing, trapping Chapin and Company E, as well as scores of others.  Once the Nazis launched a counterattack, the battle was seemingly lost.

Over 1300 men were either killed or wounded, with another 700+ captured.  When American reinforcements arrived, they found that those who had been trapped continued to fight valiantly, including Captain Chapin and the men of Company E.

According to published reports of the battle, Chapin was found in his foxhole, the handset for his radio phone in one hand, his rifle in the other.

Captain Chapin was awarded the Silver Star, and the men of Company E have been honored by one memorial in South El Paso, another one in the planning phase and a highway named for them.

Photos and video courtesy Michele Di Lonardo & Roberto Molle

For more info on this ceremony, please contact Michele Di Lonardo at

Game in Many Pics: Del Valle edges Chapin 15-10

To cap the regular season schedule, the Chapin Huskies and Del Valle Conquistadores battled in the Mission Valley Friday night.

The Huskies gave the homestanding Conquistadores a great fight, but it was Del Valle that would come out on top 15-10.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics.’

Game in Many Pics: Pebble Hills halts Huskies 31-13

In game two of a double header at Socorro ISD’s Student Activities Center – the SAC – Friday night, the Pebble Hills Spartans hosted the Chapin Huskies.

The Spartans again defended their home field, sending Chapin home with a loss, 31-13

Our very own ‘Ace’ Acosta was there and we bring you his view of the contest in this ‘Game in Many Pics’

Chapin vs Pebble Hills, Socorro SAC, El Paso TX, September 13, 2019, Andres Acosta / El Paso








Chapin High Marks Anniversary of Namesake’s Passing

Students, staff and community members gathered on Monday to commemorate the life and sacrifices of Captain John L. Chapin, the school’s namesake, on the 75th anniversary of his passing.

Chapin JROTC Cadets joined in the ceremony as members of the Mighty Chapin Husky Band who performed Taps followed by a moment of silence.

Chapin faculty member, Barry Boetto, read a brief history of Capt. Chapin over the intercom as students stood at attention in their classrooms.

Special guests included Col. Charles L. Matallana, the operations officer for the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss; Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools Dr. Carla Gonzales, the campus’ first principal; EPISD JROTC Programs Facilitator Leonard Wells; and Chapin Principal Robert Marsh.

Soldiers from the 32nd AAMDC, Chapin’s Partners in Education, also attended the ceremony and provided an appropriate military tone to the ceremony.

Capt. Chapin was killed in action in Italy in 1944 as he lead the men of Company E, 141st Infantry, 36th Division of the United States Army during World War II.  He was well respected by the men of Company E, whose names adorn the rotunda of the school that bears the name of Capt. Chapin.

Story and Photos by Leonel Monroy  – EPISD

Community, Chapin High Honor Cliff Tucker Jr. With Jersey Retirement Ceremony

It was a full house at the Chapin Gymnasium Friday night as the Clifton L. Tucker Jr. Jersey Retirement Ceremony was held before the Andress Golden Eagles – Chapin Huskies Varsity Basketball game.

Chapin Varsity Head Coach Rodney Lewis presented the Tucker family with two framed jerseys of the now-retired number 21 jersey.

On each of the framed jerseys, the inscription read: “Clifton L. Tucker Jr  1989 -2018 – No one wore it better, so no one will wear it again, you represented us well, El Paso Legend.”

Guest Speakers included Chapin High School Principal Robert Marsh, Andress High School Basketball head Coach Jim Forbes and Regina Tucker Mother of Clifton Tucker Jr closing out the ceremony.

Tucker, Jr. continued his stellar basketball career, playing for the University of Maryland, the NBA Brooklyn Nets’ development team the Springfield Armor, and several international teams over several years.

He passed away after a car wreck in 2018.

Cliff Tucker Jr. High School Career Accolades

2003-2004 Undefeated Freshman District Champs

Jv District Champs

2004-2005 Averaging 18 points, 9 Rebounds , 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks per game

*Bi- District Champions

  • Newcomer of the Year in the District and City.

2005-2006 Averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists , 3 steals and 3 blocks per game

  • District and Bi- District Champs
  • District Most Valuable Player
  • 1st team all City
  • All Region
  • All State team

2006-2007 Averaging 21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks per game.

  • Co- District & Bi- District Champs
  • District Co- MVP
  • City MVP
  • All-region Team
  • All- State Team
  • McDonald’s All American Honorable Mention
  • 89th ranked Player in the Nation

Story in Many Pics: Del Valle Downs Chapin 48-13

Friday night the Del Valle Conquistadores undertook the journey to Northeast El Paso to take on the Chapin Huskies.

The Huskies battled bravely, but Del Valle took the game 48-13.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

Story in Many Pics: Eastwood Outlasts Chapin 42-32

The Eastwood Troopers hosted the always-tough Chapin Huskies Friday Night.  Both teams battled back and forth, but the Troopers would emerge victorious, 42-32.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

Story in Many Pics: Franklin Tops Chapin 24-13

It was an East vs West EPISD battle as the Franklin Cougars hopped the mountain to take on the Chapin Huskies.

While the Huskies held their own, the Cougars clawed they way to a 24-13 victory Friday night.

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and brings you his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’

Story in Many Pics: Chapin Charges Past Austin 19-14

In a battle pitting one of the newer northeast teams versus one of the original El Paso County schools, new bested old as the Chapin Huskies defeated the Austin Panthers at Irvin High’s Tony Shaw Field Friday night.


UTHealth School Houston Training El Paso Youth to Become Advocates for Tobacco Policy Change

HOUSTON –  To help train youth to become educators and advocates for tobacco policy change, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in El Paso is partnering with El Paso Independent School District high schools to create an innovative new program.

As part of its A Smoke Free Paso del Norte initiative, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation awarded UTHealth School of Public Health nearly $150,000 to implement Youth Advocating for Policy EXecution (APEX). The unique program will teach youth how to advocate for policy changes that will reduce tobacco use among adults, prevent tobacco use among youth and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.

The program, which begins in August, will start at three schools: Bowie High School, Chapin High School and Austin High School. The program may be expanded to include more schools in the future.

“We’re helping to train the next generation of policy advocates and helping foster long-term leadership and career development,” said Louis Brown, Ph.D., the program’s leader and assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso. “Most policy change initiatives are adult-driven and don’t involve youth. Youth APEX is not the standard paradigm. Instead, this is a paradigm shift.”

The program will operate as an after-school club at each school, allowing students to participate in five different policy and environmental initiatives throughout the school year. A campus coordinator at each school will recruit students and collaborate with UTHealth staff in trainings, as well as in the implementation of tobacco control activities.

The first activity will be retailer compliance checks, which will focus on enforcing the policies that are already in place to reduce the purchase of tobacco products by individuals under the age of 18. The compliance checks will be conducted in collaboration with the El Paso Department of Public Health and Aliviane, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides behavioral health, treatment and recovery services.

For the next project, students will work on promoting the adoption of smoke-free apartment complexes.

“The students will survey residents about their views on smoke-free housing,” said Brown. “Our plan is to collect the data and share it with property owners to help them consider the pros and cons of smoke-free housing.”

Other activities in the program will include a social media campaign and collective action aimed at encouraging pharmacies to stop selling tobacco.

In the final phase of the program, students will write letters to Texas state senators and representatives advocating to raise the minimum age required to purchase tobacco products to 21.

“We often see youth as part of the problem instead of the solution. They are often underestimated because people don’t see the possibilities,” Brown said. “This is an important public health issue and youth have a powerful voice that is uniquely capable of attracting media attention, garnering sympathy and swaying public opinion.”

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