President Donald Trump on Wednesday presented the Medal of Honor posthumously to Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, who is the first Airman to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.
He is the 19th Airman in the service’s history to receive the Medal of Honor. His spouse, Valerie Nessel, was presented with the award.
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Chapman is given the Medal of Honor for “his conspicuous gallantry and valorous actions on March 4, 2002, during the Battle of Takur Ghar in Afghanistan.”
“Chappy,” as the combat controller was known by his teammates, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2002 in the early years of the war.
The Air Force recently released surveillance footage from Chapman’s final moments during the Battle of Roberts Ridge in March 2002.
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Chapman was part of an elite Special Operations team that was targeting terrorists in eastern Afghanistan, along the Pakistan border.
The upgraded award is based on analysis of drone footage, Task & Purpose had reported.