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LCDR Roger Bruce Chaffee

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LCDR Roger Bruce Chaffee Famous memorial Veteran

Birth
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Death
27 Jan 1967 (aged 31)
Cape Canaveral, Brevard County, Florida, USA
Burial
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot
Section 3, Lot 2502-F, Grid Q-15/16
Memorial ID
186 View Source

Astronaut. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was an engineer, Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy and a NASA Astronaut in the Apollo program. On January 27, 1967, during a training exercise and pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission, Chaffee was killed, along with Astronauts Edward White and Gus Grissom in a command module fire, on the launching pad at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. During the 8 seconds that the fire raged, Chaffee stayed strapped to his seat and continued to relay emergency messages and vital information to the blockhouse while his two crew mates tried in vain to open the hatch. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal, Purple Heart and the US Navy Air Medal.

Astronaut. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was an engineer, Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy and a NASA Astronaut in the Apollo program. On January 27, 1967, during a training exercise and pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission, Chaffee was killed, along with Astronauts Edward White and Gus Grissom in a command module fire, on the launching pad at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. During the 8 seconds that the fire raged, Chaffee stayed strapped to his seat and continued to relay emergency messages and vital information to the blockhouse while his two crew mates tried in vain to open the hatch. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal, Purple Heart and the US Navy Air Medal.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 25 Apr 1998
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 186
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186/roger-bruce-chaffee: accessed ), memorial page for LCDR Roger Bruce Chaffee (15 Feb 1935–27 Jan 1967), Find a Grave Memorial ID 186, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.