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Verner F. Chaffin Papers

Identifier: COU:327

Scope and Contents

The Verner F. Chaffin Collection was organized along the lines provided by Verner F. Chaffin. The collection is separated into three sections: I. DOCUMENTS, II. WWII CORRESPONDENCE, and III. KOREAN WAR CORRESPONDENCE. Section I. DOCUMENTS consists of various identifications, ration cards, dog tags (in English and Japanese), photographs, pamphlets from Japan which range from general tourist information to specific Kabuki and Bugaku shows, Ethel Tison’s WWII and Korean war memorabilia, newspapers (Stars and Stripes and Nippon Times) and various other news clippings, and Chaffin’s US Navy Records. The US Navy Records are separated into three sections according to the way they were sent and kept by Verner F. Chaffin, US Navy Forms and two photographs, US Navy Officer Records and His US Navy Personal Records. Section II. WWII CORRESPONDENCE is separated into the correspondence with his wife Ethel Chaffin and the correspondence with his parent’s Emory F. and Mabel L. Chaffin. III. KOREAN WAR CORRESPONDENCE is separated into the correspondence with his wife Ethel Chaffin and the correspondence with his parent’s Emory F. and Mabel L. Chaffin and Ethel parent’s Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Tison. It should be noted that all correspondence has been photocopied. Researchers must use the copied correspondence for reference, the originals must not be used without permission. Other biographical information can be found in the Capt. Roger Pineau Collection Box 6 Folder 12.


  • Creation: 1942 - 1991

Biographical Note

Verner Franklin Chaffin was born in Martin, Georgia, on September 26, 1918, to Emory Franklin and Mabel Lea (Verner) Chaffin. Verner F. Chaffin received his A.B., LL.B. from the University of Georgia and his J.S.D. from Yale. Chaffin was admitted to the Georgia bar, 1942, the Alabama bar, 1953, and the US Supreme Court bar, 1965. Chaffin married Ethel Tison on July 17, 1943, and had four children: Ethel Tison, Verner Franklin, Jr., Mary Davis, and John Edwards.

Verner F. Chaffin attended the US Navy Japanese Language School from March 1943-June 1944, then located at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Chaffin attended the Advanced Intelligence School in New York City from July 1944-August 1944. Chaffin was then assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence, Washington, D.C. from September 1944- November 1944. From November 1944- August 1945 he was assigned to the Pacific Military Intelligence Research Section, Camp Ritchie, Maryland. Subsequently he was sent to the Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific Ocean Area, and Pearl Harbor from August 1945-September 1945. October 1945-March 1946 Chaffin was assigned to the US Naval Technical Mission to Japan, with active duty in Sasebo, Kure, and Tokyo Japan. Chaffin then returned home and was called back into active duty during the Korean War. He served on the staff of the Commander, Naval Forces, Far East, Tokyo from August 1951-1952.

Chaffin’s professional career began in the US Department of Justice 1946-47. Afterward, in 1947, he began teaching at the University of Alabama Law School. In 1957, Chaffin joined the faculty of the School of Law at the University of Georgia, Athens. Chaffin retired from the University of Georgia in 1989, and was named Fuller E. Callaway professor of Law Emeritus.


2 linear feet (3 boxes, 2 Oversize folders)

Language of Materials



The Verner F. Chaffin Collection consists of the US Navy files of LT Verner F. Chaffin (1918- ). Verner F. Chaffin graduated from the graduated from the US Navy Japanese Language School, located at the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1942-1946. Verner F. Chaffin served in the US Navy during World War II and the Korean War. The collection consists of correspondence, pamphlets, photographs, identification, newspapers, and US Navy Records.


This collection is arranged into the following series: I. Documents II. WWII Correspondence: User Copy III. Korean War Correspondence: User Copy II, III, WWII and Korean War Correspondence: Originals- Do Not Use OVSZ

Physical Location

A47 G2; A-MC-2, drawer 3

Cynthia Ploucher, 2000
December 6, 2000
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States