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Silver Star
A native of Jackson, Michigan and now a resdient of Archer, Florida, Clair
dropped out of high school to join the Navy and "even the score" for the death
of his two brothers in the war.

He attended boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, in February 1943. Despite an
intensive training schedule as a corpsman, Clari managed to carve out time to
sing in the Great Lakes Naval Choir. From Great Lakes, he travled by a "very
old train" to North Island Air Station in San Diego, California for duty as a corpsman. Hi was subsequently assigned with the Marine Corps at Camp Elliot,
San Diego, where he learned hand-to-hand combat, weapons training, and became
a black belt in martial arts.
While serving with the Forth Marine Division, Corpsman First Class Chaffin participated in four
South Pacific campaigns: ROI NAMUR, SAIPAN, TINIAN, AND IWO JIMA.

On the Pacific Island of Saipan, his duties were anything but mundane. He delivered three babies,
performed a tracheotomy on a fellow Marine in a fox hole while a Japanese Zero strafed either side, and rescued seven Marines who were wounded and trapped in a fire zone between friendly
and enemy lines. For his heroic efforts in saving, treating and moving those men to saftey, he was
awaeded our nations third highest medal, the Silver Star.

Following his return from the war, Clair attended junior college in St. Peterburg, Florida, majoring
in building construction. He spent the next 54 years coordinating and supervising major Department of Defense and Veterans Adminstration construction projects in Alabama, Indiana, and throughout Florida.

In recognition of his educational sacrifice to serve his country, Governor Jeb Bush awarded Clair
a full high school diplomia from the state of Florida ib 2004.

Clair C. Chaffin was involved with the many veterans' organizations in the Gainesville, Florida area.
He is a life member and former President of the Forth Marine Division Association.

On Monday June 8, 2009, Clair C. Chaffin was murdered in an attempted robbery outside his motel room in Florence, South Caroline. He was 83.
Clair C. Chaffin holding a plaque of the
campaigns he partici[pated with the
Forth Marine Division
Samuel Proctor Oral History Program University Florida
Presents
NEWSCAST
WCJB TV 20
CLAIR C. CHAFFIN
An Oral History
Interview by Gerrit Blauvelt
1:35:19
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IWO TRIO PAGE
PHOTO PAGE
BATTLE OF ROI NAMUR
BATTLE OF TINIAN
BATTLE OF IWO JIMA
BATTLE SAIPAN
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First Flag Raising on Iwo Jima February 25, 1945
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Ann Rosenthal daughter of photographer
Joe Rosenthal with Clair C. Chaffin
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CORPSMAN FIRST CLASS
CLAIR C. CHAFFIN