Allan Ray Chaffin

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
03 March 1947 - 15 May 1967
Anniston, Alabama
Panel 19E Line 125


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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02 Apr 2008

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,
Pam Chaffin Arrington
1826 W. 11th Street, Anniston, Al 36201

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 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:
  • A Co, 1st Bn, 5th Marines
    • Cpl Bruce A. Iles, Denver, CO
    • LCpl Jasper L. Jennings, Jacksonville, FL
    • Pfc James T. Mandler, Toledo, OH

  • H&S Co, 3rd Bn, 5th Marines
    • LCpl Allan R. Chaffin, Anniston, AL
    • HN David L. Krig, Lindsborg, KS
    • Pfc Marvin J. Sinkler, Lake City, MI

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
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