BY HARRY R. MUNSEY, JR.
Chavis was a member of the 118th Military Police Co. (ABN) in 1980 when
he was chosen to represent the Army and the US on the US Amateur Boxing
Team. During preparation for the Summer Olympic Games, Sgt.
Chavis died when the plane he was in crashed in Warsaw, Poland while
travelling for a tune-up event for those games.
He and I
were great friends, played football together on our unit flag football
team, and he was one heck of a running back too.
CHAVIS AND HIS TEAMMATES
REMEMBERED IN 2004 OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY
Alex Ramos Selected as USA Torchbearer
for ATHENS 2004
Ramos is deeply
honored to have been nominated and selected to be a Torchbearer for the
2004 ATHENS Olympics and intends to carry the torch to honor all of the
amateur boxers who aspire to be medalists and for all of the fighters
who never made it—especially his USA Boxing Teammates who were killed
in a plane crash in 1980 en route to Warsaw, Poland for the USA vs.
Poland Box-off as part of “USA vs. the World.”
But Not Out...Lost But Not Forgotten"
Photos courtesy of Cynthia
In 1984, the
statue entitled, “Down But Not Out...Lost But Not Forgotten”, was
produced [by artist A. Thomas Schomberg] for the international amateur
boxing association in memory of the American Olympic boxing contingency
killed in a 1980 airplane crash enroute to Poland. One of the
life size castings is permanently located at the United States Olympic
Training Center in Colorado Springs, and the second is located in front
of the Felix Stamm Stadium in Warsaw, Poland.
(from: "National Art Museum of Sport")