The US Air Force UU He has released new images that reveal the combat feats of an aviator, so he will eventually receive a posthumous honor medal.
Technical Sergeant John Chapman, 36, an Air Force combat controller, died during the Battle of Roberts Ridge in Afghanistan on March 4, 2002.
Chapman and members of the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 had returned to the 10,000-foot Takur Ghar mountain to rescue a SEAL that had fallen from its helicopter after being hit by an Al Qaeda RPG during a previous landing attempt that morning.
Staff Sergeant John Chapman, 36, an Air Force combat controller, died during the Battle of Roberts Ridge in Afghanistan in March 2002. He now receives a posthumous honor medal.
During the confrontation, Chapman led the charge down a slope to attack al Qaeda fighters in his bunker and aimed at a machine gunner who had been firing at the team. Chapman died after being hit in the chest by two machine-gun bullets.
Chapman was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross in 2003 for coordinating the search and rescue mission of the SEAL, among other actions.
But now, Chapman must receive the Medal of Honor, thanks to the images of Predator drones showing that, after believing he was dead and left behind, he regained consciousness and continued to fight the al Qaeda fighters who came from three years ago. directions, until finally fatally shot, reports the Air Force Times.
In the minute and a half of the Air Force video, which begins at 4.27 a.m., you can see a Chinook helicopter arriving at the snow mountain to insert Chapman and the Navy SEALs for the rescue mission.
The Air Force has released new images of Predator drones since the day of Chapman's death. It can be seen in a green circle, as it runs down the snow-covered mountain slope towards al Qaeda fighters.
Chapman, who carries the load up the mountain, can be seen entering enemy bunkers
Chapman, who was wounded, unconscious and believed dead by his team, wakes up 70 minutes later and faces only Al Qaeda fighters, before being shot dead while providing cover fire for a helicopter filled with Army Rangers that had been reached by a role play
The video, which premiered on Thursday, seems to show Chapman, in a green circle, turning left to climb a steep mountain slope and shoot at al Qaeda fighters located in two bunkers. Then he finds a bunker occupied and can be seen moving from one deck to another to attack the machine gun that is firing at the SEALs.
That's when Chapman is wounded and unconscious.
"The blast hit John and he fell," said the retired Chief Petty Officer of the British Navy and Special Warden Britt K. Slabinski in May 2018 about the pre-dawn incident, according to the US Department of Defense. UU
Slabinski was a senior NCO at that time and led the ground mission. He initially received a Navy Cross for his efforts during the battle, which later became a Medal of Honor in May 2018.
Slabinski said the team was in the direct line of fire and that one of the SEALs received a blow to the leg with the machine gun, at which point Slabinski directed the wounded to cover themselves and crawled towards John, looking for some sign of John's life and I got nothing.
Chapman was the only non-SEAL involved in the mission that day. He was part of the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, the equivalent of the Delta Force Air Force or the SEAL Team 6
As an Air Force combat controller, Chapman's original job that day was to summon air strikes.
The retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and Special Warfare Officer Britt K. Slabinski, who was on the team with Chapman, received a Medal of Honor in May for his actions that day
By believing that Chapman was dead, Slabinski led the team to take refuge about 30 feet away while waiting for help.
The newly released video picks up the events 70 minutes later, at 5:41 a.m., when Chapman, alone, seems to regain consciousness and continues to involve al Qaeda fighters.
It can be seen that he was shot dead by providing fire cover for an entrance Chinook carrying Army Rangers, which had been hit by an Al Qaeda RPG.
The excerpts from the Predator video were part of what finally convinced the military to update Chapman's posthumous medal of an Air Force Cross to the Medal of Honor, after former Deputy Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James recommended the improvement in 2016.
Newsweek reported that Chapman's autopsy revealed that he was "shot and fragmented" 16 times and that all injuries occurred before his death. He also had bruises on his hands, neck and face, which were believed to be the result of hand-to-hand combat with Al Qaeda before killing them. In addition, it was discovered that he had used all his ammunition, six magazines of 30 rounds, before his death.
That evidence would not have been possible if he had died within the first minutes of the confrontation, as originally thought.
Chapman was the only non-SEAL involved in the mission that day. He was part of the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, the equivalent of the Delta Force Air Force or the SEAL 6 Team. It was supposed that his main task that day would have been to summon air strikes.
The controversy supposedly surrounded the improvement of Chapman's honor, with sources telling Newsweek that the SEALs tried to stop Chapman's Medal of Honor for the unflattering notion that one of his own had left behind a man who was still alive , although without knowing it.
Seven men, from the Navy, the Army and the Air Force, died during the confrontation with Al Qaeda that day.