JOHN J. SHAFFER, III, CDR, USN
John Shaffer, III '30
Date of birth: June 20, 1909
Date of death: April 8, 1944
From the 1930 Lucky Bag:
John was lost on April 8, 1944, when he succumbed to wounds sustained the previous day during a successful attack on the German submarine U-856. He was the commanding officer of USS Champlin (DD 601).
A note at Find A Grave indicates John was aboard USS Arizona (BB 39) at the time of her destruction on December 7, 1941.
Legion of Merit
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) to Commander John J. Shaffer, III (NSN: 0-63162), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer of a United States Navy Destroyer during action against a U-boat in the Atlantic on 7 April 1944. Commander Shaffer made repeated sound attacks and forced the submarine to the surface. He continued the attack with gunfire and finally rammed the submarine. Determined that contact should not be lost, he conned his vessel from an exposed position and sustained a wound which resulted in his death the next day.
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 329 (August 1944)