|Death: ||Aug. 14, 1917, Belgium|
Harvard Class of 1911
Son of Austin Kilham Chadwick and Julia May Moulton Chadwick.
Oliver Moulton Chadwick received his degree of LL.B. in 1914, and entered the law department of Stone and Webster.
Hoping that we would soon be in the war, he enlisted in Battery A, and served four months on the Border. He also had six weeks' training at Plattsburg, graduating with as high a rating as was possible at that time.
As we did not enter the war, he decided to enlist in the French Aviation, believing that one man could be of more use in this branch of the service than in any other.
He studied under Curtis at Fortress Munroe until he was fairly proficient in flying and then sailed for France. He was there placed in Captain Guynemer's squadron, which
was of course a signal honor. Chadwick held a splendid flying record; his end was characteristic, he fell in contest with overwhelming odds while endeavoring to save a hard-pressed comrade on August 14th, 1917.
His grave was found later between the French and German lines near Bischoote, Belgium.
Charles Biddle, who was with him in the squadron writes: "He was the kind of a man it takes generations to make. A man with a great deal of brain. He was also a very hard worker and had learned more about aviation and made himself into the best pilot I have ever seen for one of his experience.
He was one of the very few I have met over here who came over long before America declared war because he felt it his duty to fight for what he knew was right. That was why he was fighting and what he was fully prepared to die for."
The appreciation of the French people is shown in the following quotation from a letter from Baron D'Estournelles de Constant, "He has literally flown to the defence of liberty and might be likened to a young God.— He was intensely eager to devote himself to the service at the earliest possible hour.
I have often thought that he was one of those whom we often call too good for this earth. When I consider such a loss the only consolation which I find is that such self-sacrifice as that of Chadwick bears more beautiful fruit perhaps after death than during life. Such beautiful generosity awakens in the souls of men still undeveloped, unexpected inspiration and the desire to emulate.
The heroic devotion of a single person is sufficient to animate suddenly the indifference of a world. And then all humanity profits by the death of these magnificent young people apparently wasted but in reality most fruitful."
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Record added: Jan 16, 2011
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A la mémoire de tous ces aviateurs américains mort pour la France et la Liberté-|
Bruno from France
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