Chapman, John A.
The President of the United States, in the name of the
Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor posthumously to Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman, United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.
Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman distinguished
himself by extraordinary heroism as an Air Force Special Tactics
Combat Controller, attached to a Navy Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL)
Team, conducting reconnaissance operations in Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, on March 4, 2002.
During insertion, the team’s helicopter was ambushed, causing a
teammate to fall into an entrenched group of enemy combatants below.
Sergeant Chapman and the team voluntarily reinserted onto the
snow-capped mountain, into the heart of a known enemy stronghold to
rescue one of their own.
Without regard for his own safety,
Sergeant Chapman immediately engaged, moving in the direction of the
closest enemy position despite coming under heavy fire from multiple
directions. He fearlessly charged an enemy bunker, up a steep
incline in thigh-deep snow, and into hostile fire, directly engaging
Upon reaching the bunker, Sergeant Chapman
assaulted and cleared the position, killing all enemy occupants.
With complete disregard for his own life, Sergeant Chapman
deliberately moved from cover only 12 meters from the enemy, and
exposed himself, once again, to attack a second bunker, from which
an emplaced machine gun was firing on his team.
assault from an exposed position directly in the line of intense
fire, Sergeant Chapman was struck and injured by enemy fire. Despite
severe mortal wounds, he continued to fight relentlessly, sustaining
a violent engagement with multiple enemy personnel before making the
By his heroic actions and extraordinary
valor, sacrificing his life for the lives of his teammates,
Technical Sergeant Chapman upheld the highest traditions of military
service and reflected great credit upon himself and the United
States Air Force.
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