Brandon native recounts battle with Medal of Honor recipient


SERGEANT JOHN CHAPMAN WAS HONORED BY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP– HE WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR SACRIFICING HIS LIFE DURING A FIERCE BATTLE AGAINST AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS IN AFGHANISTAN. MAC: IN A STORY YOU WILL ONLY SEE ON WJTV 12, KATEY ROH SPOKE WITH MISSISSIPPI NATIVE CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT ROB HARRISON–WHO WAS AT THE BATTLE THAT COST SERGEANT CHAPMAN’S LIFE. HE WORKED WITH THE INVESTIGATORS TO REVEAL WHAT REALLY HAPPENED DURING THE BATTLE. SHE JOINS US IN THE STUDIO WITH MORE DETAILS ON THE HEROIC STORY OF SERGEANT CHAPMAN. THE LATE SERGEANT JOHN CHAPMAN IS THE 19TH AIRMAN TO RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR AND THE FIRST SINCE THE VIETNAM WAR. I WAS ABLE TO SPEAK WITH CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT ROB HARRISON ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN AFGHANISTAN– AND WHY THIS AWARD IS SO WELL DESERVED. PKG CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT ROB HARRISON 18:52:45:27 “mayday mayday mayday, any gram any nail, this is maco 3-0” KATEY CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT ROB HARRISON REMEMBERS THIS DAY IN MARCH OF 20-02 LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY–A MISSION THEY EXPECTED TO GO SMOOTHLY. HARRISON AND HIS TEAM MEMBERS WERE INSIDE A GUNSHIP CIRCLING OVERHEAD– TRYING TO BLAST AL QAIDA OFF THE Takur Ghar MOUNTAIN –ONCE THEY REALIZED THE SIZE OF ENEMY PRESENCE THERE ON THE MOUNTAIN. CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT ROB HARRISON 18:56:06:03 “sr. chapman charges that bunker eliminates the two enemy occupants and then gets into the bunker and then gets out of the bunker and starts to put fire on the heavy machine gun that’s the next biggest threat to all of the team.” KATEY SOON THERE IS HEAVY FIRE BETWEEN THE ENEMY AND SRG. JOHN CHAPMAN’S TEAM…CHAPMAN IS STRUCK ENEMY FIRE AND LOSES CONSCIOUSNESS– HIS TEAM BELIEVES HE HAS BEEN KILLED. CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT ROB HARRISON 18:59:08:28 “it turns out, that srg. Chapman was only unconscious– regained consciousness and now he’s the lone American on top of the ridge, against an overwhelming enemy force.” butt too 18:59:39:18 “he survived the initial engagement, and hes continuing to fight against the enemy.” KATEY AS THE BATTLE CONTINUES–A QUICK REACTION FORCE TRIED TO GET TO SERGENT CHAPMAN’S LOCATION– CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT ROB HARRISON 19:02:43:20 “chapman pulls himself out of the bunker and then starts engaging a couple of known enemy fight positions–totally exposes himself complete disregard for his own safety exposes himself fires against the east known enemy position.” KATEY AND IT WAS THAT DURING HEROIC ACTION THAT SERGEANT CHAPMAN WAS KILLED. AFTER MORE THAN 2 YEARS OF REVIEWING DATA AND INVESTIGATING–IT WAS FINALLY REVELED THE SACRIFICE HE MADE. CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT ROB HARRISON 19:12:43:23 “It is an absolute display of just valiant heroism in the purest form.” KATEY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP PRESENTED CHAPMAN’S WIFE AND TWO DAUGHTERS HIS MEDAL OF HONOR. CHIEF MASTER SEARGANT ROB HARRISON 19:14:59:04 “they definitely had something to be proud of.” MAC: THERE IS A

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