Trump to award Medal of Honor to fallen Air Force sergeant: White House

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Technical Sgt. John Chapman enlisted in the Air Force in September 1985 as an information systems operator.  (Air Force)

The White House announced Friday that Technical Sgt. John Chapman, who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2002 and is credited with saving the lives of his fellow teammates, will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Trump next month.

The Connecticut native is being recognized for his “selfless service and sacrifice” exhibited on March 4, 2002, on Takur Ghar mountain.

Chapman’s aircraft came under heavy enemy fire, eventually being struck with a rocket-propelled grenade which resulted in one of the team members being ejected, according to the White House.

Despite a crash landing, Chapman led the special operations team through hazardous and snow conditions in the mountain, behind enemy lines, in an attempt to rescue the stranded airman.

Chapman was severely wounded after engaging in enemy fire but eventually secured the opposition’s bunker.

“Despite severe wounds, he continued to fight relentlessly, sustaining a violent engagement with multiple enemy personnel before paying the ultimate sacrifice.  Sergeant Chapman’s heroic actions, at the cost of his life, are credited with saving the lives of his teammates,” the White House wrote.

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July 28, 2018

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