The White Home introduced Friday that Technical Sgt. John Chapman, who misplaced his life in Afghanistan in 2002 and is credited with saving the lives of his fellow teammates, will probably be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Trump subsequent month.
Trump will current the award posthumously to Chapman’s spouse, Valerie Nessel, and his household on August 22, making him the primary airman to obtain a Medal of Honor for actions because the Vietnam Battle, the Air Drive Instances reported.
The Connecticut native is being acknowledged for his “selfless service and sacrifice” exhibited on March four, 2002, on Takur Ghar mountain.
Chapman’s plane got here below heavy enemy hearth, finally being struck with a rocket-propelled grenade which resulted in one of many group members being ejected, in accordance with the White Home.
Regardless of a crash touchdown, Chapman led the particular operations group by way of hazardous and snow situations within the mountain, behind enemy strains, in an try and rescue the stranded airman.
Chapman was severely wounded after partaking in enemy hearth however finally secured the opposition’s bunker.
“Regardless of extreme wounds, he continued to combat relentlessly, sustaining a violent engagement with a number of enemy personnel earlier than paying the final word sacrifice. Sergeant Chapman’s heroic actions, at the price of his life, are credited with saving the lives of his teammates,” the White Home wrote.
Chapman enlisted within the Air Drive in September 1985 as an data programs operator; he later went on to grow to be a fight controller and was employed for a particular obligation project on the 24th Particular Ways squadron.