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Trump to posthumously award Medal of Honor to Sgt. John Chapman for heroism in Al-Qaeda firefight

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Trump to posthumously award Medal of Honor to John Chapman

Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman’s Distinguished Service Cross will be upgraded and presented posthumously to Chapman’s widow.

President Trump will award posthumously the Medal of Honor, Air Force Sgt. John Chapman, who gave his life to save your fellow members on a mountain in Afghanistan in 2002.

Trump will present the award to Chapman’s family Wednesday. He will be the first pilot to receive the award since the Vietnam War. The sergeant was a resident of Windsor Locks, Conn. and the father of two young girls.

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Air Force releases images of the soldier’s last battle

The U.S. air force released an aerial video a few weeks ago the show of Chapman’s exploits during the hand-to-hand combat on Takur Ghar, a 10,000 feet high mountain. The video showed Chapman the charge of the enemy on the peak. He is a member of the Navy SEALs in an effort to recover a wounded comrade who had fallen out of a plane, after he was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade.

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Chapman “brought in an enemy fire by distressing circumstances”, seized from a bunker and killed its occupants, according to the White House. In a subsequent gunfight with Al Qaeda militants, he was severely wounded, but continued to fight until he was killed.

Britt K. Slabinski, a retired member of SEAL Team 6, who received the Medal of Honor in May for his heroics during the same 14 hour battle, believed Chapman was dead, and moved the team-including someone with a severe leg injury — from the battlefield, the New York Times reported.

President Trump is the building to the awarding of the Medal of Honor posthumously to air force Sergeant John Chapman.

(U. S. Air Force Public Affairs)

Chapman, 36, regained consciousness and fought for an hour after being shot by Al Qaeda fighters. He managed to two kill more enemies before he was killed on 4 March 2002.

The fight was under the microscope after reports indicated Chapman was abandoned by Slabinski and his team while he was alive, ABC News reported. A 30-month investigation discovered Chapman’s exploits after drone footage was released, the Washington Post reported.

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Air Force Secretary Deborah James featured Chapman receiving the medal and his contributions cannot be underestimated after study of the images of the battle. Trump approved the request.

“No one thinks that he did anything other than his absolute best on the worst day of his life,” said James Slabinski, according to the Washington Post. “He thought he was dead, and he was responsible for four or five others that he was trying to save.”

Sgt. John Chapman was credited with the rescue of his fellow members during a battle in Afghanistan in 2002.

(U. S. Air Force Public Affairs)

The award is presented to people who risk their lives and go beyond the call of duty.

Fox News’ Edmund Initiative and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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