During this assault from an exposed position directly in the line of intense fire, Sergeant Chapman was struck and injured by enemy fire. Despite severe wounds, he fought relentlessly, sustaining a violent engagement with multiple enemy personnel before making the ultimate sacrifice. A helicopter was bringing in reinforcements and he tried to provide covering fire. The circumstances of his death also sparked a controversy that continues even today: Was Chapman left behind? The blast ripped through the left side of the Chinook, throwing Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts off the ramp of the helicopter onto the enemy-infested mountaintop below. He was 110 percent present as a father, as a husband. The pilot tried to take evasive action but the battle-damaged, slow-moving helicopter was a big target.
Once on the ground, the team assessed the situation and moved quickly to the high ground. Enroll the panel, do your study, make your findings known. 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. Two Chinook helicopters carrying an Army Ranger platoon launched from Bagram. Air Force Technical Sergeant John Chapman, whose tragic death in March 2002 in Afghanistan underscored the bravery of U.
But for years, official accounts left out a major detail: Chapman, alone on a battlefield, was killed after knowingly stepping into the sights of an al-Qaida machine gun team, likely to stop enemy fighters from shooting down an incoming U. The objective of Anaconda was the destruction of Taliban and al Qaeda fighters that had taken refuge in the Shah-i-Kot Valley located at 7,500 feet of Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan. He subsequently served in the from 1865 to 1868. There, as a team leader, Sergeant Chapman trained personnel for their roles as special tactics operators on the battlefield, preparing them to conduct precision strike, personnel recovery, and global access missions for special operations forces around the world. He fired at insurgents attacking the aircraft, then suffered a gunshot wound that caused his aorta to explode.
The video is hard to follow, so the Air Force commissioned an animation, which Wendelken says is accurate down to the exact location of Chapman's wounds. Rusty Frank President Donald J. Sergeant Chapman enlisted in the Air Force on Sept. Naylor, who first reported the dispute that pitted U. We just never had the proof to prove it. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in attempting to save the life of a fellow U. .
Air Force pararescue Corporal Matthew Commons — U. President Donald Trump on Wednesday posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to U. Chapman immediately charged an enemy bunker through thigh-deep snow and killed all enemy occupants. In total, seven service members lost their lives during the Battle of Takur Ghar: Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts — U. Conflicted Cases Sterner explained there will always be discrepancies in perspectives in the fog of war.
Dating back to his high school days, he made the varsity soccer squad as a freshman. Air Force Combat Controller Tech. Despite severe wounds, he continued to fight relentlessly, sustaining a violent engagement with multiple enemy personnel before paying the ultimate sacrifice. The pilot crash-landed at the north end of the valley. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.
The damning allegation centers around the profound promise made to service members within the U. The remaining members of Mako 30, minus Roberts and Chapman, slid down the mountain face chased by gunfire. His elite special operations team was ambushed by the enemy and came under heavy fire from multiple directions. For Sergeant Chapman and his joint special operations teammates, the mission on the night of March 3 was to establish a reconnaissance position on Takur Ghar and report al Qaeda movement in the Sahi-Kowt area. The award is an upgrade of the Air Force Cross that he received posthumously. Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions on Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan on March 4, 2002, when his elite special operations team was ambushed by the enemy and came under heavy fire from multiple directions.
Roberts had fallen out of a battle-damaged Chinook helicopter that had taken hostile fire after the aircraft attempted to insert the elite special operation forces, who were originally tasked with setting up an observation post. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John Chapman, awarded posthumously for conspicuous gallantry during a ceremony Wednesday at the White House. It was these values that Tech. This aircraft was immediately engaged with heavy fire. The objective: dismantle al-Qaeda and Taliban forces.