US Army

Darrell D. Chinn, Colonel, US Army, Retired

November 27, 1929 ~ January 29, 2020 (age 90)

Tribute

Colonel Darrell D. Chinn passed away January 29, 2020 after his long fight with cancer.  He was born in Augusta, Kentucky where he had a simple country upbringing with five siblings.  He is survived by only one brother, Shirley Chinn, of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Colonel Chinn was married to Lettie Bowling Chinn for 73 years losing her to a stroke only seven weeks prior to his death.  He is survived by daughters, Sandra Darlene Smith/Russell and Regina Marlene Graham/Bill and a son, Darrell Wayne Chinn/Tina.  He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.

Colonel Chinn devoted his life to serving his county for 30 years in the United States Army and 15 years in Civil Service.  He took pride in being one of only 12 that joined the Army as a Private and obtained the rank of Colonel before his retirement.  He served two tours in Vietnam and was stationed in Vicenza, Italy and Taipei, Taiwan and also served in Germany.  He and his family also lived in 10 states throughout his career.  He has received numerous military commendations including the Bronze Star.

Colonel Chinn remembered fondly the years he devoted to Boy Scouts of America with his son achieving Eagle Scout.  He was a devoted family man.  He loved the out of doors and camping with his family.  He loved music from country to classical. He also loved Hawaiian music and felt that Hawaii was the most beautiful place. Now he will see true beauty in Heaven.   

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
February 4, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
McLaughlin Mortuary
17 Chestnut Avenue SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Funeral Service
Tuesday
February 4, 2020

11:00 AM
McLaughlin Mortuary
17 Chestnut Avenue SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Interment with Full Military Honors
Tuesday
February 4, 2020

2:00 PM
Barrancas National Cemetery

Pensacola, FL

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