(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The President awarded the Medal of Honor to Air Force Technical Sergeant John Chapman. Chapman was killed in action in 2002 in Afghanistan. His widow accepted the honor on his behalf. Chapman is the second man to receive the nation’s highest award for military valor for heroism in that battle. Our Washington D.C. Correspondent Brie Jackson talked with Chapman’s family about his sacrifices and the video that showed his courageous actions.
With a smile on her face and a heart full of pride, Valarie Nessel accepted the Medal of Honor from President Trump.
The award recognizes the ultimate sacrifice made by her husband– Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman.
“John gave his life for his fellow warriors.” the President noted.
Chapman was killed during a combat mission in 2002. He was serving alongside an elite group of Navy Seals in Afghanistan when the crew came under attack.
His family describes Chapman as a humble man who dedicated his life to helping others.
“He was such a genuinely good-hearted person,” said Valarie Nessel, Chapman’s Widow.
He always put others before himself he felt that was the right thing to do” added Terry Chapman, John’s Mom.
John Chapman is the first US Air Force Airman to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.
Military officials reviewed hours of classified video that proved to them..and President Trump…That Chapman’s heroic actions deserved the nation’s highest honor for valor.
“His team leader said. Johns actions saved all of us” Said Retired Colonel Ken Rodriguez. He says this drone footage captured the mountainside battle.
During the attack, Chapman was wounded and presumed dead. Defense leaders say after American troops retreated the airman regained consciousness and for nearly an hour single-handedly defended his teammates and our country.
With this medal… America honors a friend..a family man and fallen hero