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tv   White House Medal of Honor Ceremony  CSPAN  August 22, 2018 7:38pm-8:02pm EDT

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>> awarding a posthumous medal of honor award for sergeant chapman sergeant chapman killed in afghanistan 2,002 his family was there to accept the award. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> please join me now holy father we thank you for this day for this national recognition and for technical sergeant sergeant john chapman. we enter the sistine ceremony with hartsell with grief and pride stemming from the pain of his sacrifice along with six other courageous americans that lost their lives in noble service to our nation and the cause of human freedom and dignity. our pride stems on this day focused upon the man you created, gifted and empowered with the unconventional resolve to protect his family and his teammates and the world from the evil of terrorism thank you lord for the opportunity to honor john chapman with the highest
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decoration for his heroic valor so to endure that during sacrifice to honor that legacy inspiration he has infused into the mission of leadership in the operation of operations special test -- tactics. to overcome evil with good in this good from agency with a fearless expression even in the face of death so many others may live thank you for john and his family and his unforgettable love shaped by your spirit. father as we move forward me your presence be tangibly known to john's precious family as they move forward to sacrifice selfish duty to you and to country and humanity and to give thanks for the great nation are great military and liberties
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that rest upon bravery and blood of patriots like technical sergeant john chapman and his name we pray. amen. >> thank you very much. please be seated. thank you chaplin. we are honored to be joined by members of the secretary of the air force the air force chief of staff. thank thank you and it has been 19 years to do the congressional medal of honor. congratulations. very deserving. matthew donovan air force chief of staff even wilson and chief
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master sergeant also i want to thank the veterans sec. wilkie for joining us and doing a great job. we have been hearing a lot of great arts. thank. thank you very much along with senators boseman, blumenthal, casey, murphy and senator toomey and representative gates and larson thank you for being here. thank you very much. we appreciate it. we are gathered together this afternoon to pay tribute to a fallen a fallen warrior, a great warrior. technical sergeant john chapman to award him the nation's highest highest and most revered military honor. could you all please to join me in welcoming the wonderful
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family that i just met in the oval office, the chapman family. please stand up. [applause] and his wife valerie agrees he was a brave man from the beginning. right?. right? you knew that. i know it has special meaning. exactly 26 years ago you married john and today it is our great honor to share this incredible story with the world. thank you very much. i appreciate it. and your daughters, we award your dad a congressional medal
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of honor he is looking down on you right now from the house and proud on this day but even more proud of the incredible young women that you have both become. it is great to know you and great to have met you. thank you. we are also grateful to be joined by his wonderful mom, his sister, his brother and valerie's parents. thank you all for being here. it. it is a great honor. [applause] even though she could not be here today, somebody that john loved very much, his sister tammy so please give her our regards. also i want to recognize john's land in combat control teammate
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who was still recovering from her recent severe injury thank you for your noble service we appreciate it. [applause] it looks like you are doing well. finally. finally we salute the five congressional medal of honor recipients who join us. williams, barnum, byers, factor, please stand brave people three months ago awarding the medal of honor for his aerobic actions in
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the same battle we are remembering today. john chapman grew up in connecticut and from a very a very young age he was determined to protect those in need and in kindergarten john noticed that his classmate was being bullied and as bill says john stepped in and saved me. in his high school yearbook, he said give yourself before taking of someone else. very farsighted he lived by that motto every single day. everybody that knew him said that is the way he lived. two years after he graduated high school john enlisted into the united states air force and among the elite few to complete air force special tactics training, one of the most rigorous training programs and all of the military. he became an expert to go
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undetected into the battlefield to set up airfields airfield and direct fire support. now john will become the first special tactics airmen to receive the congressional medal of honor. john met valerie in pennsylvania while he was training with the army. that was a good day. right? they married in 1992 soon their love grew into a but long -- a beautiful family. whatever he was home he would go on dad duty the girls and playing with them and even that amazing swingset. do you remember that? that? that was a long time ago. soon after those terror attacks of september 11 he volunteered to deploy to afghanistan walked into his superior's office and said i need to go.
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and was in operation enduring freedom was part of a team on a combat mission to establish a secure position on the peak of the mountain and in the early march morning of march 4, 2,002, john and his teammates were preparing to land on the mountain when the helicopter was struck by machine gun fire and rocket propelled grenade. they were under serious attack. as the helicopter went away that petty ofc. first class roberts was flown out of the aircraft and onto the top of the mountain as the helicopter crash landed into the valley below. a horrific crash. the team survived the crash and without hesitation they volunteered to return to the mountain. they wanted to get neil. they. they landed into a deep snow and
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heavy machine gun fire coming from three different directions you could not see because there were so many lives. at over 10,000 feet they fought at the highest altitude of any battle in the history of the american military. john chapman was the first to charge up the mountain near the enemy he killed two and cleared out the first bunker he left the safety of the first bunker to fire a second enemy grenade at another bunker. that he was shot and fell to the ground and lost consciousness. he regained consciousness and he far even though he was mortally wounded and we have proof of the fight. he really fought. good genes. you have good genes. he began firing at the enemy who was bombarding him with machine
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gun fire and rocket propelled grenades despite facing overwhelming force herocket prod grenades despite facing overwhelming force he battled on for over an hour as another american quick action force approached john engage engaged the enemy to provide covered fire to prevent the enemy from shooting down the soldiers or the airmen and in his final act of supreme courage, john gave his life or his fellow warriors. through his extraordinary sacrifice he helped to save more than 20 american service members some of whom are here today. and i i would like to introduce them. sergeant major matthew. please stand up. [applause] sergeant major depaul.
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[applause] special tactics major brown. [applause] his team leader master chief 17 _spee17 speemac thank you all. we also remember the six others that far and gave their lives on that really cold afghan night ofc. first class roberts, specialist in henderson, sergeant bradley airmen jason cunningham technical sergeant and corporal matthew truman. our nation is rich with blessings and one of our greatest blessings of all are
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patriots like john and all of you and frankly many of the people in this room. i exclude myself and a few of the politicians. [laughter] they carry our freedom into the face of evil and fight so we can live in freedom and in safety and now it is my privilege to ask valerie to join me on stage to accept the congressional medal of honor on behalf of the hero she loved and the hero our nation will forever remember technical sergeant john chapman. thank you. please. [applause] will the military aid please come forward to read the citation? thank you.
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>> the president of the united states of america has awarded in the name of congress the medal of honor posthumously to technical sergeant john chapman united states air force for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. technical sergeant chapman distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism as an air force special tactics combat controller attached to an ev seal team to conduct reconnaissance operations in afghanistan march 4, 2,002. during that time the helicopter was ambushed causing the team a to fall into the entrenched enemy combatants sergeant chapman reinserted voluntarily onto the mountain into the heart of a known enemy stronghold to rescue one of their own.
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without regard for his own safety sergeant chapman immediate immediately engage moving in the direction of the closest enemy position despite coming under heavy fire from multiple directions he fearlessly charged the bunker up a steep incline and into hostile fire directly engaging the enemy upon reaching the bunker sergeant chapman assaulted and cleared the position clearing all enemy hostages. with. with complete disregard for his own life, he deliberately moved from cover only 12 m from the enemy and exposed himself once again to attack a second bunker from which a machine gun was firing on his team. during this assault directly in the line of intense fire sergeant chapman sergeant chapman was struck and injured by enemy fire despite the severe mortal wounds he continued to fight relentlessly with engagement of multiple enemy personnel before making the ultimate sacrifice. by his heroic actions and extraordinary valor sacrificing
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his life for his teammates he upheld the highest traditions of military service to reflect credit upon himself and the united states air force. [applause]
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>> please join me in prayer once more. lord we thank you again for this honorable ceremony for it is right and courage and valor we thank you again for john's life in love beyond self-preservation to the preservation of others and the preservation of human worth and dignity the preservation of righteous governments around the world. we we thank you again for building his heart and mind in and fearless resolved to deeply match his skills so others may live.
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as we conclude make john's family be covered with your lavish love and peace. midi uniform sons and daughters of america know your empowerment and protection and may you hasten the day old board where war will be no more. for. for your glory we pray, amen. [inaudible conversations]
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[inaudible conversations] >> thank you very much. [applause]
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short-term in their frame . . . .
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