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Air Force member laid to rest in Windber to posthumously receive Medal of Honor

Air Force member laid to rest in Windber to posthumously to receive Medal of Honor. (veterantributes.org)

WINDBER, Pa. - An Air Force sergeant laid to rest in Somerset County is posthumously receiving a highly respected honor.

Family members of Sgt. John A. Chapman will be in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump on Chapman's behalf.

Chapman is receiving the honor posthumously for his act of heroism March 4, 2002, in Afghanistan.

Chapman's helicopter came under enemy fire and crashed into a valley and one of his team members was ejected.

He seized an enemy bunker and killed enemy occupants in an attempt to save the stranded crew member.

Chapman was severely wounded, but continued to engage enemy troops until making the ultimate sacrfiice.

Chapman joined the Air Force in 1985, where he served for 17 years. He married Valerie Novak of Windber in 1992 and they have two children.

Chapman is laid to rest at St. Mary Byzantine Cemetery in Windber.

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