Air Force releases video of Sgt. John Chapman's final moments
The U.S. Air Force on Thursday released an aerial video that shows highlights of Tech Sgt. John Chapman&rsquos heroics in the course of hand-to-hand combat on an Afghanistan peak just before he was killed by Al Qaeda militants.
Chapman, 36, a native of Windsor Locks, Conn., could be observed on March four, 2002, charging the enemy on Takur Ghar, a 10,000-foot mountain, Task & Purpose reported. Chapman joined Navy SEALs in an work to recover a wounded comrade who had fallen from the aircraft right after it was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade.
Chapman "charged into enemy fire by means of harrowing conditions," seized a bunker and killed its occupants, the White Property stated.
The Air Force said he was struck and temporarily incapacited by enemy fire when he moved from one particular protective cover to engage the enemy.
Britt K. Slabinski, a retired member of SEAL Group 6, who received the Medal of Honor in May possibly for his heroics in the course of the identical 14-hour battle, believed Chapman was dead, and moved the group — including a person with a severe leg injury — off the battlefield, the New York Instances reported.
Chapman regained consciousness and fought for an hour after being gunned down but managed to kill two more enemies, reports mentioned.
Slabinski, who completed 15 combat tours, told the New York Occasions in 2016 that he was &ldquo95 percent specific&rdquo that Chapman was killed and was skeptical of the video’s accuracy and analyses. He told officials that Chapman&rsquos actions helped save his group that day.
Slabinski retired from the Navy in 2014 soon after a lot more than 25 years of service. He stated following the ceremony that the medal "belongs to so several other people" and named the teammates "who followed me with no hesitation." Slabinski mentioned the medal also belongs to seven Americans who died on the mountaintop.
"They gave all for us. This honor is truly theirs. They are the accurate heroes," he said in a statement delivered on the White Home driveway.
But Deborah Lee James, who worked beneath President Obama as the Air Force secretary, mentioned Slabinski deserves his medal and his contributions should not be underestimated.
&ldquoNobody thinks that he did something other than his absolute ideal on the worst day of his life,&rdquo James said of Slabinski, according to the Washington Post. &ldquoHe believed he was dead, and he was accountable for 4 or five other people that he was attempting to save.&rdquo
President Trump will award the Medal of Honor posthumously to Chapman&rsquos family members on Aug. 22 — 16 years following he died. He will be the 1st airman to acquire the award since the Vietnam War.
James had advisable Chapman for the award, but she mentioned it stalled.
&ldquoI believe the SEALs want to honor John Chapman,&rdquo James told the paper. &ldquoWhat some don&rsquot want is they don&rsquot want it linked to him obtaining back up and fighting back on.&rdquo
The Linked Press contributed to this report
Published at Fri, ten Aug 2018 08:30:00 +0000