|Creator:||Chaffin, Richard R., (Richard Raymond)|
|Title:||Richard R. Chaffin, "World War II - as I remember it; as I lived it!" 1943-1945|
Richard Raymond Chaffin served in Company D, 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion in World War II. He joined the Army in February 1943, completed basic training at Camp Sibert, Alabama, and later traveled to England, France, Belgium, and Germany. He was in the D-Day invasion at Utah Red Beach and in action at such places as Cherbourge, France; St. Lo, France; and Hurtgen Forest, Germany. He was honorably discharged in September 1945.
The collection consists of a typed manuscript written by Raymond R. Chaffin in 1993 of his memories of World War II. Chaffin states, "This is written only for my children and grand-children, at their request." He used "...Lt. Col. James H. Batte's accurate diary..." to help him recall exact dates and places. Chaffin also includes some photocopied pages at the beginning and end of his manuscript. These include his discharge papers, a roster of his company, a list of the company's medal recipients, a citation to award of his Silver Star, a list of the company's dead and wounded in action, a map of Europe, and a photograph of Utah Beach after D-Day.
Richard R. Chaffin, "World War II - as I remember it; as I lived it!", ms 2894. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.