Capt James Edward “Ed” Chaffin III

Capt James Edward “Ed” Chaffin III

Birth
West Columbia, Lexington County, South Carolina, USA
Death 1 Apr 2014 (aged 27)
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Burial West Columbia, Lexington County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 127366911 · View Source
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Capt. James E. Chaffin III, 27, of West Columbia, S.C., died April 1, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Caprain Chaffin was a 2005 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 2009 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Upon completion of the Basic Officer Leaders Course, he attended the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He arrived to Fort Bragg on June 12, 2010, and deployed to Iraq with the unit in May 2011. He transferred to 1st BCT in August 2013. Chaffin's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Basic Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge. April 02, 2014 DoD News Release.
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This is Captain Chaffin's obituary from
Thompson Funeral Home:
Captain James Edward (Ed) Chaffin, III, 27, passed away while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. He was born to Elizabeth Rhodes Chaffin and the late James Edward Chaffin, Jr. on February 4, 1987 in West Columbia, South Carolina. Ed was a 2005 Honor Graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce, SC, where he played football, was a member of the Interact Club, the National Honor Society, and the newspaper staff. A 2009 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, he majored in Comparative Politics and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. While at West Point, he was a member of the Russian Club and participated in a club trip to the country of Azerbaijan. Ed was an avid reader, who enjoyed reading about history, especially on military subjects. He had a passion for travel and experiencing new cultures all over the world, which took him to Thailand, Vietnam, and Greece just to name a few. He had a witty sense of humor, which was immediately evident to all who knew him. Even far away, he always rooted for Gamecock Football. He had a very caring spirit and a strong work ethic, making him an honored member of the armed forces protecting our freedom. Ed's first tour of service was in 2011 for Operation Iraq Freedom. His awards and decorations including two Bronze Star Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the basic Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge. and the NATO Medal. He is survived by his mother; his 2 sisters; and many classmates, friends, and fellow service members all over the world.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt James Edward “Ed” Chaffin III (4 Feb 1987–1 Apr 2014), Find a Grave Memorial no. 127366911, citing Mount Hebron United Methodist Church, West Columbia, Lexington County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 46778782) .