During the rescue attempt, Chapman, moved uphill through deep snow to assault an enemy position. He took the enemy’s bunker, cleared the position, and killed the enemy fighters occupying the position, according to an Air Force press release.
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“He will forever be an example of what it means to be one of America’s best and bravest Airmen,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a prepared statement in July.
Chapman enlisted in the Air Force in September 1985 and his first assignment was as an information systems operator at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado, according to his biography page on the Air Force website. He was later stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina and in Okinawa, Japan.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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