Edwin R. Chess

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Edwin R. Chess
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Born (1913-02-12)February 12, 1913
Chicago, Illinois
Died June 12, 2000(2000-06-12) (aged 87)
Brooke Army Medical Center, Texas
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Rank Major General
Commands held Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force

Edwin Ralph Chess (February 12, 1913 – June 12, 2000) is a former Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force.


Mother Anna Zdonek Father Mieczyslaw "Charles" Czeslawski Sister Adeline Brother Raymond Edwin was Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1913, Edwin R. Czeslawski AKA Chess was an ordained Roman Catholic priest.[1] He attended Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary and DePaul University. In 1962, he was given the title of Monsignor by Pope John XXIII.


Chess was originally commissioned an officer in the United States Army Reserve in 1942. He would serve in World War II with the 47th Bombardment Group, the 57th Bombardment Wing and the Twelfth Air Force. In 1946, he was released from active duty.

Edwin's brother Raymond Czeslawski was shot down in France Rank: Technical Sergeant Function: Top Turret Gunner Regiment: - Battalion: - Division – Transport: - Company – Squadron: 733rd Bomber Squadron Unit – Group: 453rd Bomber Group, Heavy Plane data: (Serialnumber, MACR, etc.) Serialnumber: 41-28745 Type: B-24E Destination: Brunswick, Germany Mission: Operational MACR: 4590 Date of death: 8 May 1944 Status: KIA Place of death: Klein-Stockheim, 4 miles south of Brunswick, Germany Spot: Not available Awards: Purple Heart Gravenumber: Plot C, Row 9, Grave 50 Cemetery: American War Cemetery Ardennes Biography: - Other information: Plane went down 8 May 1944 sometime between 1000 - 1030 in the target area. Shot down by flak.

In 1948, Chess was recalled to active duty as a member of the United States Air Force. During the Korean War, he served with the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing and the Fifth Air Force.

Later in his career, Chess was named Command Chaplain of the U.S. Air Force Security Service before becoming Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force in 1961. He was promoted to Chief of Chaplains and achieved the rank of Major General in 1966. Chess remained Chief of Chaplains until his retirement in 1970.

Awards he received include the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Chess died in 2000 at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He had Parkinson's disease.[2]