John Chapman – The First Medal of Honor Ever Recorded

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John Chapman a true war hero is recorded in this video in his final acts. A truely incrediable story. Rest in peace brother!

John Chapman Video Transcript

John Chapman a US air force combat controller and the seals are attempting to rescue their lost teammate you’ll watch Chapman’s heroic actions as he saves the lives of his entire SEAL team and then another 18 members of a Quick Reaction Force earning America’s highest award the Medal of Honor.

Chapman and the seals exfilled are mh-47 helicopter John is the second individual to exit and immediately moves in the direction of the summit he can be seen moving off to the right of the screen alone the team is taking heavy fire from every direction as indicated by the arrows as Chapman begins engaging targets you can see spent cartridges ejecting from his m4 Chapman then begins closing with the enemy forcing his way upslope in knee and thigh deep snow he is constantly under fire as he does this Chapman’s Team Leader begins to close on Chapman following his trail through the snow the dark mass above Chapman is a fortified bunker containing two enemy fighters each armed with ak-47s who are firing down on the team in the darkness this bunker will come to be known as bunker number one to the left of the tree and bunker one is another gray mass this is a rock outcropping that came to be called the boulder between bunker 1 and this Boulder can be seen the body of slain seal Neil Roberts the man Chapman and the others are attempting to recover Chapman still alone and closest to the enemy pauses to engage targets as his team leader follows him but never actually catches up with him Chapman on his own now makes the decision to charge directly into the enemy bunker despite withering point-blank fire Chapman now literally on top of the enemy engages the two combatants and kills them saving the lives of the remaining seals he does this from a distance of no more than ten feet these actions by themselves earned him his first Medal of Honor he then climbs into and takes control of the bunker having cleared the immediate threat Chapman is then joined by his team leader in bunker one you can then see Chapman and his team leader engaging the next bunker known as bunker – which is situated to the left edge of the screen this bunker manned by a handful of Chechen and Uzbek fighters also contains a heavy PKM machine gun hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades John Chapman is shot twice at this time in the torso and collapses incapacitated you are now looking at a new angle and at the left of the screen can be seen the two and fireteam and team leader on top of the boulder just below it is bunker one with the mortally wounded chapman one seal can be seen firing his modified m60 machine gun from the hip into bunker two on the right side of the screen until he is struck by grenade shrapnel and tumbles 10 feet off the top of the boulder collapsing at the feet of his team leader thus setting off a chain of events that would lead to the seals abandoning Chapman on the summit the wounded seal and the team leader can be seen conferring about his injuries moments later the seals decide to retreat from the summit because their position is untenable in the face of continued massive enemy firepower they can be seen moving toward the right side of the screen and passing the body of Neil Roberts unfortunately the seals do not pass John Chapman who is above them an inside bunker one this angle shows three seals in a triangle the larger black heat signature is a smoke grenade just to its left as a donkey and dead al-qaeda fighter killed by Chapman the steepness of the mountain can be seen as the seals begin to slide down the near shear face the team leader desperate for relief and now with two wounded teammates asks for uncontrolled airstrikes from an orbiting airforce ac-130 gunship the impacts you see are from 105 millimeter howitzer rounds being fired onto the ridge top in order to save the remaining seals because neither the seals nor gunship know Chapman is alive he is experiencing these detonations from his position at approximately in the morning Chapman recovers and begins to engage the enemy bunker one is on the right side center of the screen and bunker two to the left near the screen Center it will never be known what caused his incapacitation and recovery of the two rounds that originally wounded him at least one was mortal and at this time he is experiencing severe blood loss and shock despite that he begins his one-man stand against two dozen enemy combatants during this time Chapman initiates a series of radio calls many of which are heard by a fellow combat controller and teammate of his and Delta Force operators on a nearby summit despite this combat controllers replies Chapman never acknowledges weather because of damage to his equipment or himself will never be known this new angle and footage shows Chapman at the top identified by the green dot under the tree at bunker one the lower center of the screen shows the first enemy fighter who is about to charge Chapman in the hopes of killing the American the timestamp at the bottom shows it is now in the morning and fully light he’s been fighting alone now for 40-plus minutes and has received more gunshot and shrapnel wounds as a result of the fierce combat this scene shows the second of several enemy charges in this stunning display of determination and courage Chapman can be seen fighting hand-to-hand with the fighter in the larger screen display can be seen additional enemy moving on to the summit but right now John Chapman is fighting for his life six minutes later in this new shot Chapman can hear another helicopter approaching the summit he is in the bottom center of the screen underneath the tree and can be seen in the magnified inset box as he begins his desperate final stand to save the lives of the 18 men on the helicopter the red dots are enemy fighters John begins engaging the enemy in multiple directions and is rapidly approaching the last of his ammunition the helicopter contains a quick reaction force comprised of Rangers pararescueman and another combat controller it is now 613 and the helicopter is short final the enemy is desperately trying to displace Chapman so they can put heavy weapons or rocket-propelled grenades in bunker one while simultaneously engaging the helicopter with the choice to save his life or the lives of his unknown comrades Chapman makes the decision to climb out of the bunker and begin firing in multiple directions as can be seen in the inset suffering from as many as a dozen wounds Chapman is in fact already in the process of dying as he fights the helicopter is struck by a rocket-propelled grenade and makes a remarkable controlled crash just below Chapman and the summit Chapman now off-screen continues to cover his comrades as they pour out of the stricken helicopter some of them are fatally shot as they exited these images with Chapman fighting the enemy at close quarter are the last to show him alive and in this heroic act thus qualifying for his second Medal of Honor ultimately Chapman would expend all but the last few rounds of his ammunition until finally after sixteen bullet and shrapnel wounds Chapman succumbs when he is shot through the heart we will never know his final thoughts or words but what we do know is his decisions and actions single-handedly saved the lives of 23 comrades for more information about John Chapman’s amazing story and the details about this mission visit dan shilling books calm or your favorite book retailer to obtain a copy of the chronicle of his life alone at Don

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