Roger B. Chaffee


Roger Bruce Chaffee, a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, was born on February 15, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of Phi Kappa Sigma.

Chaffee and his crewmates, Gus Grissom and Ed White, died on January 27, 1967 in a fire aboard the Apollo 1 spacecraft during a ground test at Pad 34, Cape Canaveral (then known as Cape Kennedy), Florida. Ed White, the third member of the Apollo 1 crew, is buried at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.

NASA Biography | Detailed

Space Flights: None

Total Hours in Space: 0

Astronaut Group: 3-October 18, 1963

Degrees: BS, Aeronautical Engineering, Purdue University, 1957

Military Service & Awards: Awarded the United States Navy Air Medal

Crew Photo, Apollo 1:


Interred at Arlington National Cemetery: January 31, 1967

Section: 3
Grave: 2502-F
Grid: Q-15

How to locate: From the Memorial Amphitheater walk South on Memorial Drive, turn right on Porter Drive, then left on McPherson Drive and left onto McKinley Drive. The roadway curves around a rectangular-shaped grassy area. Turn to the left, then right, around the grassy area. When you see a large black McGee headstone to your left just before the intersection with Miles Drive, turn right to continue on McKinley and stop after a few feet. Your back will be to the Air Force memorial in the distance. The Chaffee headstone is in the third row, to the right of the Grissom gravesite.

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