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Air Pressure video exhibits airman’s last moments on rescue mission

The U.S. Air Pressure has launched aerial footage of Tech Sgt. John Chapman’s last moments in 2002 as he fought in opposition to al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan. Chapman, 36, voluntarily returned to Takur Ghar mountain in an effort to avoid wasting a stranded teammate on March four, 2002. He’ll posthumously obtain a Medal of Honor later this month for his actions.

Chapman’s plane was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, ejecting his teammate Neil Roberts, the White Home stated in a information launch final month. His squad would return for Roberts, however they did not know he was already killed.

The newly launched video exhibits Chapman working up a steep mountain slope and exhibits him charging an enemy-filled bunker and killing its occupants. He then strikes from cowl to assault a machine gun and is severely wounded however retains on preventing. He engaged enemy positions and was killed in motion.

Navy SEAL Britt Slabinski was main the crew of seven SEALs on the rescue mission, which grew to become referred to as the “Battle of Roberts Ridge,” one of the crucial controversial of the Afghan battle. In Might, he acquired a Medal of Honor for his efforts.

Slabinski stated he was subsequent to Chapman when he was shot and killed. “John went down instantly and I may really feel the bullets passing via my garments,” he stated.

He ordered his crew to tug again off the ridge, however first he checked on Chapman. “I am going over to the place John was and crawl proper excessive of John and I am searching for some signal of life from John. I did not get any, any signal from him,” he stated.

Evaluation of the surveillance footage indicated that Chapman could have been alive, elevating the likelihood that he was left behind. However Slabinski maintains that he noticed no signal of life in Chapman.

Chapman’s spouse, Valerie Nessel, will be a part of President Trump on the White Home on August 22 for the ceremony.  

David Martin contributed to this report.

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