President Trump on Wednesday posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to TSgt. John Chapman, who was killed in March 2002 during the Battle of Takur Ghar in Afghanistan. Chapman was originally awarded the Air Force Cross, but after an extensive review, his award was upgraded. He is the first airman to receive the award for actions after the Vietnam War. “Our nation is rich with blessings, but our greatest blessings are the patriots like John … who carry our freedom on their shoulders, march into the face of evil, and fight to their very last breath so that we can live in freedom and safety and peace,” Trump said during the ceremony.
Read the full story by Brian Everstine of Chapman’s heroic final hours and the process to upgrade his medal.
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