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TSGT John A. "Chappy" Chapman
Birth: Jul. 14, 1965
Windsor Locks
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 2002, Afghanistan

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chapman was assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina. Chapman was part of a helicopter rescue team sent to retrieve the body of Navy SEAL, Neil Roberts, who had been killed in combat during Operation Anaconda outside Gardez. Chapman died in a gun battle with Taliban and al-Qaida fighters after two MH-47 Chinook helicopters were hit by grenades. John attended Windsor Locks High School where he was a state soccer champ and his diving records still stand to this day. He was both a gentleman and a fierce competitor. He joined the Air Force in 1985 and was a combat controller who had received two Air Force Commendation Medals. The soldier portrayed as tough and ebullient was also an enthusiastic dad to his daughters. John would jump out of a plane in the middle of the night ... or he would play Barbies with his little girls. At the private viewing for family members, one of his daughter's placed a picture that she drew of her family's house into her father's coffin. She said: 'When he gets raised up, it will go to heaven with him.' John had a wife, Valerie, and two daughters, ages 5 and 3. He was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, which is second only to the Medal of Honor as an award for valor. 
 
Burial:
Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church Cemetery
Windber
Somerset County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: Feb 27, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10534270
TSGT John A. Chappy Chapman
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