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John G. Chipura Foundation

The Ongoing Legacy of a Good American


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April 15, 2015 ~~US Marine Corps Facebook Page

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March 2, 2015 ~~Staten Island Advance

June 10, 2015 ~~Sad News - Beirut Veteran Edward Lamica Jr., Affectionately known as "Bear" passed on June 9,2015

The Chipura Family, The Foundation and many friends are deeply saddened by the loss of Edward Lamica, Jr. This kind man was a friend of John's and a Beirut Veteran.


Edward Lamica, Jr., affectionately known as Bear, was called to his heavenly home on June 9, 2015 following a brief illness. He was born in Wilmington, NC in 1952 to the late George E. Lamica, Sr. and Louise Lamica Carter.


Ed traveled the world by serving in the US Navy for 20 years where he earned numerous medals and honors before retiring in 1990. He was Lead Photographer aboard the USS Guadalcanal as part of the 1983 multinational peacekeeping deployment to Beirut, Lebanon. His team provided support in the aftermath of the suicide bomber attack on the American Embassy, an event considered the first terrorist attack against Americans in contemporary history. His photography of that event is known around the world.


Following the 9/11 attacks on US soil, Ed determined to memorialize the victims of the Beirut attack by producing a moving documentary entitled “The Human Side” in honor of those who died and their families. Ed overcame dyslexia to earn a BA degree in Communication Studies from UNC-W in 1998. He worked as a photographer and videographer post-military and retired to Crestview, Florida in December 2014. Ed never met a stranger. He will always be remembered for his giant heart and kind, gentle nature. As part of his life's work, when Ed made the Beirut Documentary "The Human Side"; he included a memorial page for John.


The Foundation and the Chipura family would like to extend their heartfelt condolences to the Lamica family in their time of sorrow.

Perhaps to remember Ed we should all view the documentary video below; to hear Ed's life message.

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September 11, 2016 ~~ Marine Corps Recruitment Facebook Page

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May 22, 2017 ~~ Fox 5 NY News

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