Allan Ray ChaffinLance Corporal
H&S CO, 3RD BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
03 March 1947 - 15 May 1967
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The database page for Allan Ray Chaffin
Allan Ray Chaffin is my precious older brother. He was killed by a sniper on Mother's Day, 1967, while he was going back to help a fellow Marine who had been wounded. He was the Platoon Leader and the oldest in his Platoon at the tender age of 20.
I loved him (and still do) with all my heart. He was the perfect brother and son. Although he was 5 years older, he would take me places with him, sometimes even on his dates!! He always considered me his "little sister, Pammy" because for 2 years he had asked Santa for a baby sister for Christmas. The second year he got "me" two days after Christmas. I could not have asked for a more wonderful brother. He was handsome, good and kind. He loved and had a very special bond with our mother who was absolutely devastated by his death, as we all were.
I thank God there were and are young men like my brother who were willing to give their lives for us, our freedom and our way of life. I read on another memorial where someone had said "nobody cares about these young men anymore". Not true, not true. I will ALWAYS honor the memory of my brother and the other 58,000 people named on this wall. God Bless America!
From his sister,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 15 May 1967, during Operation UNION, elements of the 1st and 3rd Battalions, 5th Marines engaged an NVA company about 15 miles west-northwest of Tam Ky. While at least 28 North Vietnamese soldiers died in the engagement, so too did six Americans:
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Pam Chaffin Arrington
1826 W. 11th Street, Anniston, Al 36201
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 02 Apr 2008
Last updated 04/11/2008