Chaffee, Roger, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
151X-Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer Pilot or NFO
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1963-1967, 151X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Service Years
1953 - 1967
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Grand Rapids

Date of Passing
Jan 27, 1967
Location of Interment
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Last Known Activity
  • LCDR Chaffee died along side, LCOL Virgil "Gus" Grissom, and LCOL Ed White, at Cape Kennedy(now Canaveral), during a training exercise for Apollo 1, when the spacecraft was destroyed by fire.
  • LCDR Caffee is interred at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Other Comments:

  • Graduated in the top 5th of his class at Central High School, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

  • Served on the USS Wisconsin(BB-64) and USS Perry(DD-884) during his college years, for NROTC Training Cruises. Visiting England, Scotland, France, and Cuba aboard The Wisconsin, along with Denmark and Sweden aboard The Perry.

  • Recieved a key to the National Society of Engineers as a result of his solid academic performance.

  • Became one of the youngest Pilots to qualified to fly the RA-3B Skywarrior.

  • Selected by NASA in the 3rd group of Astronauts in 1962.


  • The Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship, awarded to exceptional students in math and science in the Grand Rapids Metro area.

  • The Chaffee Crater on the far side of the Moon.

  • Roger B. Chaffee Elementary School, in Huntsville, Alabama.

  • The Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NROTC (Staff)USS Wisconsin (BB-64)USS Perry (DD-844)Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
Advancement Schools and CoursesVAP-62 TigersUSAF Institute of Technology, <B>US Air Force (USAF)</b>National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  1953-1954, Illinois Institute of Technology NROTC (Cadre)
  1954-1954, USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
  1954-1957, Purdue University NROTC (Cadre)
  1956-1956, USS Perry (DD-844)
  1957-1958, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1958-1959, 131X, Advanced Flight Training Course
  1959-1962, 131X, VAP-62 Tigers
  1962-1963, 131X, USAF Institute of Technology, US Air Force (USAF)
  1963-1967, 151X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
 Colleges Attended 
Illinois Institute of TechnologyPurdue UniversityAir Force Institute of Technology
  1953-1954, Illinois Institute of Technology
  1954-1957, Purdue University
  1962-1963, Air Force Institute of Technology
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