Trump Awards Congressional Medal of Honor to Fallen Warrior


by Sharon Rondeau

(Aug. 22, 2018) — With his widow, daughters and parents in the audience, President Donald Trump in a White House ceremony on Wednesday afternoon awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to the late Air Force Technical Sgt. John A. Chapman.

Chapman hailed from South Windsor, CT, and, according to his biography Trump related, as a young person he championed those who were “bullied” or belittled in any way.

According to the military, while severely wounded, Chapman saved more than 20 teammates from an Al Qaeda attack on their helicopter on March 4, 2002 in Afghanistan.

During the ceremony, Trump recognized five other military members who have earned the military’s highest award as well as a number of those whose lives were saved that day.  Six others were killed along with Chapman whose names were also read.

Both U.S. senators from Connecticut, Christopher Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, were in attendance at the ceremony in addition to several others, including Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Chapman faced “overwhelming force” during the attack and “engaged the enemy” to deflect fire from his “fellow warriors” in deep snow, Trump said.

He punctuated the event by stating that Chapman and others like him carry the burden of defending American freedom.

After a summary of Chapman’s gallantry was read by a military official, Chapman’s wife, daughters and mother were invited to the dais to accept the framed award. A military chaplain read a final blessing, recognizing Chapman’s deeds “so others may live.”

After the prayer, Trump shook hands with three military officials on the left side of the dais, then made his way over to the congressional delegation, shaking hands with Murphy, Blumenthal, Toomey and the others to applause.

The award is the first of its kind since “Vietnam,” Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin reported.

The ceremony lasted approximately 20 minutes.



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