Alfred W. "Hap" Chandler
1923 - 2013
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Chandler, Captain Alfred W. "Hap" (USN, Ret.) Born to RADM Alfred W. and Ruth (Jenkins) Chandler on December 15, 1923, Captain Alfred W. "Hap" Chandler, Jr. (USN Ret.), 89, a pilot's pilot, loving husband, father, grandfather, and entrepreneur, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2013. Almost 70 years ago Capt. Chandler enlisted in the U.S. Navy to fight in World War II --much to his father's chagrin, since he had earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, where his father was the Senior Dentist on the campus. After boot camp, Capt. Chandler accepted an appointment to the Navy's Aviation Cadet Program, earning his wings in 1942. He shipped out to the Pacific as a replacement pilot in fighter squadrons VF-1 and VF-5 aboard the carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) and in VF-13 aboard the USS Franklin (CV-13). While aboard the Franklin he had the dubious distinction of being blown out of his airplane when a Japanese kamikaze aircraft hit the carrier. Capt. Chandler saw action at Truk, Palau, Hollandia, Clark Field in the Philippines (where he was credited with shooting down a Japanese fighter), Saipan, Rota, Guam, Okinawa, and the Mariana Islands. For his service in World War II, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross twice, and the Air Medal six times. Other notable highlights in Capt. Chandler's Navy career include his selection as the first American exchange pilot with the Royal Navy, flying jet fighters with 803 Squadron aboard the HMS Eagle (during which he survived a ditching in the English Channel); as a test pilot at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent Naval Air Station, MD; as Commander of fighter squadron VF-114 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63); as navigator of the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) and Executive Officer of that ship during the Tonkin Gulf incident; as the Commanding Officer of Detachment Charlie in Saigon where he coordinated operations between the Navy's Seventh Fleet and the Seventh Air Force, earning a second Legion of Merit; and as Commanding Officer of Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego when it was home to the Navy's famous TOPGUN Fighter Weapons School. Capt. Chandler retired from the Navy after 33 years of service, during which time he also earned an MBA from George Washington University. After his retirement, Capt. Chandler channeled his energy towards real estate, investing in properties throughout San Diego. Later he applied his visionary entrepreneurship to the city's emerging Gaslamp District, building the first newly constructed live/work lofts with underground parking. His leisure time was spent playing tennis and golf and traveling. He and his wife Nancy Ann spent many enjoyable hours in the company of their wonderful friends. He was a member of the Golden Eagles, an elite group of distinguished pioneer Naval Aviators. Ever the consummate aviator, Capt. Chandler was proud of his ability to maintain the qualification necessary to fly his Citation II business jet as a single pilot until just recently. However, as safety-conscious as he was skilled, he recognized the need to always be accompanied by a qualified co-pilot as he advanced in years. Captain Chandler was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Marjorie, and is survived by his wife of 32 years, Nancy Ann (Wynne); daughters Connie Englert and husband Jerry, Ruth Chandler, Alison Figi and husband Eric of San Diego; stepchildren Howell Wynne and his wife Amy of San Diego and Nancy Saustad and her husband David of Dallas; and sister Jane Wiegand of Bethesda, MD. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and two nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, January 31 at 3:00 p.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204. A reception immediately following will be held at the Brook Hollow Golf Club, 8301 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235. In lieu of flowers, donations in Captain Chandler's name can be made to the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas or the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. For more information, please visit www.sparkman-hillcrest.com.




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Published in Dallas Morning News from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2013.
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February 4, 2019
My condolences for the loss. May God soften your grief during this difficult time. Please be comforted in knowing how precious your loved one is in God's eyes. Psalms 116:15.
January 22, 2019
When Someone you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure May the Wonderful treasure fill your hearts with love and bring you peace our thoughts and prayer are with you during this difficult time Hosea 13:14 ; John 6:40
December 18, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. May God bring everlasting comfort to your hearts and give you the strength to endure this difficult time. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17)
January 26, 2014
Capt. Chandler was always one of my favorite commanding officers aboard the USS Navarro (APA 215). My heart felt condolences go out to his family and friends.
God speed Hap!
Charlie "PT" Barnum
September 26, 2013
I served under Capt Chandler when he was CO NAS Miramar. (I was the air station's Military Public Affairs Officer). I not only respected him, but was very fond of him.
I am saddened by the loss and extend sincerest condolences to his family.
Rosalee Adams
March 5, 2013
I served as a pilot in HMS Eagle with HAP in 1952. He was flying the Attacker in 803 Sqdn. A highly popular man and well respected aviator with a genial personality, he will be remembered with a smile.
Alan Hensher Captain RN
February 15, 2013
My deepest sympthy to the family on the death of Hap Chandler
Mary Moons-Paire
February 14, 2013
I am at a place in my life where I have long lost connections with people who have touched my life. I remember such wonderful times with Hap and Nancy Ann.....Hap you always made me smile and laugh...you were the light in the room. Ali, Ruthie, Connie & Nancy Ann......may you cherish the memories of this delightful human being.

Andie Case Wilcox (andiewilcox@gmail.com)
Andie Wilcox
February 10, 2013
While on BJSM's staff in Washington DC, 1968-70 one of my many tasks was to regularly visit the RN exchange officers who were at Miramar getting Phantom F4J time, and where Hap was Commanding Officer. I had previously met him aboard HMS Eagle when he was an exchange officer in 803 Attacker squadron.
Together with those Brit AWI's and others Top Gun was formed.
He was an outstanding Naval Aviator as he was a human being; always willing to listen and accept suggestions from junior officers, he was the epitomy of a fun loving, dedicated, professional Naval Officer, that one hoped maybe to emulate.
He will be sorely missed by the many who were privileged to have known him and enjoyed his company.
Mac Melhuish (Lt Cdr RN Ret)
January 31, 2013
Our deepest sympthy to Mrs. Chandler, the girls and family of Captain Chandler.
My Husband Tom and I for 10 years worked and lived with them in the Rancho Santa Fe home. We loved them as family.
Captain dearly loved his wife and daughters. He especially love his 4 legged kids. The words "Cookie Time" will ring forever in my mind. Chulita had her own punch card at the yogurt shop!
We had many fond memories throught the years. One of my favorites was the day I taught him to make apple pie. He made a great crust! Tom's favorite was the day he flew him to visit his mother.
May God throught the love of family and friends help give you comfort in the days ahead.
He is forever in our Hearts.
With love,
Tom and Connie Foster
Connie Foster
January 31, 2013
I never had the privilege of meeting 'Hap', but I was thrilled to correspond with him and delighted to be able to record his recollections of time spent with the Royal Navy. His surviving Squadron chums in the Fleet Air Arm, and indeed all those 'this side of the pond' who knew him, will be greatly saddened to learn of his passing.
Roger Chesneau
January 30, 2013
Capt. Hap, you truly are a great American hero that we are all so very proud of. I consider myself blessed in so many ways to been able to have known & flown with you. You have been inspirational to me in more ways than words could ever say. You and your family will always be in my thoughts & prayers.
Kevin Highsmith
January 29, 2013
Thank you Captain for the opportunity to get to know you and Mrs. Chandler. Mike and I so appreciated our two years at Rancho Sal si Puedes. I will always be grateful to you both. Thank you for your patriotism and unflinching service to our contry.
To his dear family, I pray for your peace and comfort-- I am so sorry for your great loss. He will be greatly missed. With my love,
Debbie Rogers
January 29, 2013
It is time to splice the mainbrace. A toast to an extraordinary life.

Greg Cooper
January 29, 2013
Your smile was infectious, your laughter contagious - Blessed to know and love you. Miss you!! xxx
Tina Morrison (Englert)
January 29, 2013
Hap,
What an honor to have had the quality of time you allowed my brother Jim and I during your early Dallas condo projects.
I will always remember the speech I got from you after I messed something up! I was chewed out by the best and now proud of it! I know why you were a leader of men and a pioneer.
God bless you, Sir. And all your family.
Joe Furstenberg
January 29, 2013
Captain Hap Chandler is a true American Hero. He wasted not one moment of his gift of 89 years. May his legacy of honor, courage, commitment, integrity, creativity, guidance and success live on through the love and lives of his family. Bless you all in your immeasurable loss, but please be lifted up and comforted knowing that this was a most extraordinary man whose mark is made on earth and in everlasting glory. With Love, The Eddys
Vicki Eddy
January 29, 2013
Dear Family, so very sorry for your loss. Hap was a wonderful person and I am so glad I knew him. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Dorella Bond
Dorella Bond
January 29, 2013
Captain Hap, your greatness cannot be grasped in words. Amazing storyteller, humorist, patriot, family man, pilot, & sportsman. I'm thankful for the hours of stories and laughs. As I'm sure you know, Mac & Grace have switched from praying for your health to praying for your family's peace and comfort, and they really hope that you like our black lab, Payton, whom you have joined in Heaven. You are missed. - Jill S.
January 29, 2013
Hap is now flying in Heaven!
Jane Kilpatrick
January 29, 2013
Hap was a Stud, pure and simple. What a great American Hero. I've been life long friends with Ali and used to frequent her family home in high school. Hap always greeted me like a Man not just a kid. He always had a smile on his face and even offered me a beer a few times, which was pretty cool at 18. He lived a rich and whole life. He has joined God's air squadron. All my Love to the family!

Richard Whitney
January 29, 2013
Captain, you were larger than life to me, an inspiration, and someone I feel lucky to have known. I will forever remember and treasure the time you and Nancy Ann spent with me over the years every time you visited to San Diego. I miss you. Love, Susan
January 29, 2013
Dear Granddad,

You always encouraged your family with your dedication to always strive for excellence. Not only did you talk the talk you walked the walk. I will be forever grateful. Thank you for the gift of my education. It was an honor being your eldest granddaughter.

Love,

Kate
January 29, 2013
Dear Dad: I love you. I am so proud of how you lived your life: with integrity, strength, honor, love of country, and the love you shared with your family.

Thank you for sharing your guidance, wisdom, honor, dignity with me. They are lessons I will never forget. You finished strong Daddy boy! My love forever.

Your proud daughter,

Ali
January 28, 2013
Yep, yesterday we lost a true hero in many forms. A man of valor and principle -- my rock. When honor and integrity are in short supply these days -- ok, my days -- Dad will be my measure. I have been singularly blessed to have had such an outstanding man in my life, and I am so very thankful. Dad was a force to be reckoned with. Thank you to everyone who understands the magnitude of our loss. We are blessed, too, to have you in our lives to carry us on. My heart is full and we carry each and every one of you with us as we navigate these new roads. We honor all our fathers today and give thanks. Your loving daughter, Ruthie
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