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Old 30 October 2014, 08:00
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Unsung Heroes: The Airman Who Gave His Life During Initial OEF Invasion

Short article on Technical Sgt. John Chapman regarding his involvement in the initial days the Afghanistan invasion. Has it been 12 years already?

http://taskandpurpose.com/unsung-her...n-afghanistan/

One of the most decorated airmen in American history.

For this week’s Unsung Heroes piece, we honor Tech Sgt. John Chapman, who died heroically more than 12 years ago during the initial invasion of Afghanistan.

Chapman was killed in action March 2002. He was among the first casualties of the war in Afghanistan, and was a member of Operation Anaconda, the mission to unseat the Taliban and al Qaeda operatives from Afghanistan.

Chapman, a member of Air Force’s elite 24th Special Tactics Squadron, was operating in the highlands of eastern Afghanistan, when a Navy SEAL fell out of an aircraft he was operating in when it was struck by enemy fire, according to official military documents.

The aircraft, a CH-47 Chinook, landed to search for the SEAL. Once on the ground, Chapman directed air support from an AC-130 gunship.

“Without regard for his own life Sergeant Chapman volunteered to rescue his missing team member from an enemy strong hold,” his award citation reads. “Shortly after insertion, the team made contact with the enemy.”

Chapman immediately engaged with and killed two enemy fighters.

He pressed forward to another enemy position, this one a dug-in machine-gun nest, where he immediately received fire from three different positions.

“From close range he exchanged fire with the enemy from minimum personal cover until he succumbed to multiple wounds,” the citation reads. “His engagement and destruction of the first enemy position and advancement on the second position enabled his team to move to cover and break enemy contact.”

The Navy SEAL team leader on the mission personally credits Chapman with saving the life of the entire rescue team.

For his actions that day, Chapman was awarded the Air Force Cross medal.

The Air Force Cross medal is second only to the Medal of Honor for valor and gallantry in combat. Just five men have received it since Sept. 11, 2001.
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Old 30 October 2014, 08:22
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Hooyah TSgt Chapman.

I learned about him when I reported to basic later that year. Prior to that I didn't know the AF did such things, and his story steered me (and many others) toward the SOF community.
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Old 30 October 2014, 09:18
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Old 30 October 2014, 12:02
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I remember seeing the story a few years back...May he rest in peace in the arms of the Lord.
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I was at the ceremony in NC when they named a ship after him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_TSgt...pman_(T-AK-323)
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I was at the ceremony in NC when they named a ship after him.
Me too, and here's a pic of us on that very ship, the MV John A. Chapman. Right in the center of the gangplank you can see the AFSOC Commander at that time, LTG Michael Wooley. At the top is his wife Valerie Chapman.
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Me too, and here's a pic of us on that very ship, the MV John A. Chapman. Right in the center of the gangplank you can see the AFSOC Commander at that time, LTG Michael Wooley. At the top is his wife Valerie Chapman.
I remember them taking that photo. We opened a room for some of the guys who rode their bikes down so they could change.
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Was really lucky to work with some incredible CCT's on my deployments to Afghanistan. Great men.
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Chappie should have gotten the MoH in my opinion...

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Ten Years already...

RIP John and Jason...
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THIRTEEN... how did Ten get in there?
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Chappie should have gotten the MoH in my opinion...

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Could be. The AF Secretary recently approved and submitted it to SecDef.

"The Air Force secretary is pushing for a Medal of Honor, the military’s highest award, after new technology used in an examination of videos from aircraft flying overhead helped officials conclude that the sergeant had killed two fighters with Al Qaeda — one in hand-to-hand combat — before dying in an attempt to protect arriving reinforcements."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/wo...ead.html?mwrsm
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RIP Warrior. Thanks for your sacrifice and service.

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He was a bad-ass.

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Could be. The AF Secretary recently approved and submitted it to SecDef.

"The Air Force secretary is pushing for a Medal of Honor, the military’s highest award, after new technology used in an examination of videos from aircraft flying overhead helped officials conclude that the sergeant had killed two fighters with Al Qaeda — one in hand-to-hand combat — before dying in an attempt to protect arriving reinforcements."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/wo...ead.html?mwrsm
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Damn. I just read that article referenced above.

A truly brave man. RIP Warrior.
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Quite impressive story. Respect to the warriors, RIP to the fallen.

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