WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor to an air force sergeant credited with saving the lives of service-members on a mountain in Afghanistan in 2002.
Trump will present the award posthumously to the family of Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman, a resident of Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
Chapman’s helicopter came under heavy fire and crash landed in a valley. Chapman and other members of the team back to the snow-capped mountains to rescue a stranded service member.
The White House says Chapman, “brought in an enemy fire by distressing circumstances”, seized from a bunker and killed its occupants. In a subsequent battle, he was severely wounded, but continued to fight until he was killed.
The award is presented to people who risk their lives and go beyond the call of duty.