Chaffee, Roger B.

Chaffee, Roger B.

(1935–67) naval officer, astronaut; born in Grand Rapids, Mich. He joined the navy in 1957, was promoted to lieutenant commander, then became an astronaut. He died in a fire aboard Apollo I in 1967.
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