Chick was Champaign born and raised.  Graduating from Champaign HS where he excelled on the sports fields he would take a job a Jos. Kuhn and Company in 1939. He decided to enlist in the Army in 1941 to "get it over with".  Unfortunately for him the US was at war by December 1941.  

Chick and Issac Kuhn December 20, 1939

Chick would keep two journals as he traveled across the battlefields