LCDR Roger Bruce Chaffee

LCDR Roger Bruce Chaffee

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
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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 posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal, Purple Heart and the US Navy Air Medal.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LCDR Roger Bruce Chaffee (15 Feb 1935–27 Jan 1967), Find a Grave Memorial no. 186, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .