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Lt. James Albert Chaffee




James Albert Chaffe – 2nd Lt. US Marine Corps.

James A. Chaffe joined the Marine Corps on 10 October 1942. He participated in a Commissioning Program called V-12 attending College at Oberlin College Ohio as an enlisted Marine. In April 1944 he completed recruit training in the 12th Recruit Training Battalion Parris Island SC and then became part of a Special Commissioning Class (SCC) at Camp Lejuene NC intended to quickly train Infantry Platoon Leaders. He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer (MOS 1542) in November 1944 and sent to 2nd Schools Company, Infantry School Battalion, Schools Regiment MCB Camp Pendleton. In April 1945 he shipped overseas as a member of the 63rd Replacement Draft. Assigned to I company 3rd Battalion 22nd Marines 6th Marine Division Lt. Chaffee was killed in Action on Okinawa 18 June 1945.

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Source: ancestry.com

James Albert Chaffee, 2nd Lt. U.S. Marine Corps – KIA

James Albert Chaffee was born Jan. 3, 1923 to Dempster D. and Hulda Ingram Chaffee. He died June 18, 1945 and was originally buried in the 6th Marine Division Cemetery in Okinawa. In 1949, he was returned to the U.S. for permanent burial at Resthaven Cemetery, Des Moines, IA.

In May 1945 Lt. Chaffee landed on Okinawa and was assigned to I Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Marines, 6th Marine Division where he participated in combat operations until his death.

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