Report: Airman killed in Afghanistan to receive Medal of Honor
Washington, D.C. —
For the first time since the Vietnam War, an Air Force airman will receive the Medal of Honor. That is according to a report in Task and Purpose.
Tech Sgt. John Chapman died in a gunfight with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 2002. Initially, Chapman received the Air Force Cross, which is the second-highest award for valor in the Air Force. However, in 2016 then Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee requested Chapman be awarded the Medal of Honor after reviewing new evidence.
Newly-enhanced drone video shows Chapman was not killed as early in the battle as was initially thought. The video suggests Chapman regained consciousness from earlier injuries, returned to the battle and killed two more enemy before dying of his wounds.