|Birth: ||Jul. 14, 1965|
|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.
Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church Cemetery
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: Feb 27, 2005
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