Opie Chick

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Captain Opie Edward Chick

26 June 1910 – 30 June 1944

Automobile salesman

Recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star

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Personal History

Chick was born in Saline Township, AR. He attended Arkansas State Teachers College, now known as UCA, in 1928 (winter) and 1933 (spring). His parents were Mrs. H.W. Montgomery, Chester Arthur Chick (1883-1914), Dollie May Henry (1890-1970), and Henry W. Montgomery, step-father (1883-1958). He had no siblings.

Chick married Ruby Threlkeld Chick on December 31, 1938 in Weakley County, Tennessee, and had one child with her, Thomas Wesley Chick (born 1940). After attending undergrad at UCA and graduate school at UAMS, his son became a pulmonologist.

He enlisted in the 175th Infantry, 29th Division of the Army, Tennessee, on September 16, 1940.


Chick was killed in action in Normandy, France. He is buried in Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France. His wife never remarried.