A Biography of Donald Joseph Knapp



WHEREAS, The hand of death on 5 January 2009 entered our ranks and removed from our midst, COMPATRIOT DONALD JOSEPH KNAPP our venerable and esteemed brother in arms, and 


WHEREAS, COMPATRIOT KNAPP was born on 7 AUGUST 1929 at Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia.  He was the son of William Arnold Knapp and Nellie Rapier Bricken Knapp, NSDAR 512237, whose ancestors were Patriots of numerous wars and conflicts that threatened our great Nation. During much of his lifetime COMPATRIOT KNAPP served in the US Navy. At the time of his death he had been a resident of San Antonio, Texas for 15 years. A memorial service was held for him on 13 January 2009 at the Mission North Funeral Home in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas following which, his earthly remains were placed at eternal rest at the Fort Sam National Cemetery, Bexar, Texas on 14 January 2009 with full military honors.


WHEREAS, by virtue of the proven patriotic service during the Revolutionary War of his ancestor Richard James RAPIER, Captain of the Maryland Militia, Upper Battalion, St. Mary’s County,  and of his ancestor Hezekiah KNAPP, of Stamford Connecticut, Private in Captain Whitney’s Company, and


WHEREAS, COMPATRIOT KNAPP successfully proved his direct lineage from Patriot RAPIER, and was admitted to membership in the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution on 11 July 1966 as member number 93936 and simultaneously was granted membership in the Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, member number 2685 and on 3 November 1999 transferred to the Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution, member number 8522, and


WHEREAS, COMPATRIOT KNAPP was an active member of the San Antonio Chapter of the Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and during that time participated in the activities of the chapter, thereby contributing to its success, and


WHEREAS, COMPATRIOT KNAPP was also an active member of Hoods Texas Brigade, Sons of Confederate Veterans member number 238886, the Alamo Council of the Navy League of the United States, the Confederate Cemetery Association, the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, and the Gateway Coin Club through all of which he also promoted patriotism, history and honor, and


WHEREAS, COMPATRIOT KNAPP was also a man of God, having served as a devoted Catholic and a parishioner of Saint Mathew’s Catholic Church, San Antonio, and


WHEREAS, COMPATRIOT KNAPP graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology Class of 1950 and received his MBA from University of Southern California, which prepared him for his career as an Engineer, having previously served his county as a Midshipman USN from 1946-1950, Commissioned as an Ensign USN 12 September 1950 he was veteran of the Korean War, he served on the Destroyer USS Frybarger (DEC-705) and the air craft carrier Coral Sea (CVA-43), Discharged 18 August 1953 as a Lieutenant (JG), and Don continued to serve as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander prior to his demise, and


WHEREAS, COMPATRIOT KNAPP was preceded in death by his loving wife Frances Ann Sheedy Knapp, NSDAR 495268, he left surviving him his brother William Arnold Knapp Jr of Raleigh, North Carolina, and his loving and devoted children Donna Knapp Minich of Columbus, Ohio, Robert William Knapp of Huntsville, Alabama, and Bruce Gregory Knapp of Peachtree City, Georgia and their families; to include 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren;  to whom we express our deepest sympathy on their respective loss, and


WHEREAS, upon his death, our country and state lost a loyal citizen whose devotion never faltered.  He was one of the most zealous and faithful defenders of the principles for which our patriotic ancestors fought in the battle against the British for American Independence.  In his quiet and unassuming way he did much to promote the progress and development of his country and the happiness of those around him.  He was a good, quiet and modest person and enjoyed the respect, esteem and admiration of all who knew him.


NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the San Antonio Chapter, Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution as follows:


FIRST:   That this chapter has lost a loyal and devoted member.  To his family and friends we express our thanks for sharing his life with us and extend our profound condolences at his passing from our ranks.


SECOND:  That this country and state have lost and honorable, upright and honest citizen, who was always ready to spend his life and give his service for that which he believed to be right and for the best interests of his country and state.  To that end we dedicate ourselves anew to the continuance of the service to the country which his lifetime so well performed.  We further Resolve that we are pledged again to cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in Securing for mankind the blessings of Liberty.


THIRD:  That for the purposes of perpetuating the memory of his life and fidelity to the purposes of the Sons of the American Revolution, and his steady devotion to duty, duplicate copies of this Resolution shall be entered into the minutes of this chapter, which he loved so well, and delivered to his family.  The Resolution will also be read to chapter members attending a regular monthly meeting and will be displayed on the chapter Internet web page.  The Resolution may also be submitted to the Texas Society for publication in a future edition of The Texas Patriot, it’s magazine.


FOURTH:   That a duplicate of this Resolution shall be bound together with other similar Memorial Resolutions of the San Antonio Chapter, Texas Society, Sons of the American  Revolution into a minimum of three books.  Copies of this book will be donated to:
   1. The San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas
   2. The National Library of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution in Louisville, Kentucky
 Chapter Genealogist, San Antonio Chapter, Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution.


FIFTH:  As a token of our love and respect for our Compatriot, we have purchased a suitable book on the American Revolution or about one of its many patriots.  That book will be donated to a local Public School Library in San Antonio with an inscription referencing COMPATRIOT KNAPP.








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