Transcript for Medal of Honor Awarded to Korean War Army Chaplain
You know this year and we mark the sixtieth anniversary. The end of the Korean War. The time when thousands of our prisoners of war finally came home. After years of starvation and hardship. And in some cases torture. And among the home -- once stood up. A group of our POWs emerged carrying a large wooden crucifix. Nearly four people. -- spent months on. Secretly collecting firewood. Carving it -- cross and the body. Using radio wire for chronicles. It was tribute to their friends. Their -- They're fellow prisoner. Would touches their souls and save their lives. Father -- for -- Businesses. An amazing story. And -- coupon. Has been called the shepherd and combat groups. This fellow soldiers who felt as grace. And his mercy called him a -- A blessing from god. Today we've been -- the stole another title on him. Recipient of our nation's highest military decoration. The medal of -- After more than six decades of working to make this medal for reality. I know one of Fowler coupons comrades spoke for a lot of folks here when he said. It's about time. Father as they call them was just 35 years old when he died in that hellish prison camp. His parents and his only sibling. His brother are no longer -- us. But we are extremely proud to welcome members of the -- -- -- His nephews. And his -- Their children two of whom currently serve. In this country's National Guard and we are very proud of them. The president of the United States of America authorized by act congress march 3 1863. Has awarded in the name of congress the metal of honor to. Chapman -- Jake upon the united states army. For conspicuous gallantry -- stupidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Chapman in launching a -- distinguished himself by acts of gallantry in Egypt that he above and beyond the call of duty certainly that -- Italian. The cavalry regiment first cavalry division during combat operations. Against an armed and -- at -- on -- from November 1 to second. In 1950. On November 1 as Chinese Communist forces viciously attacked from the elements chaplin's cup Conn. Company walked through withering enemy fire in order to provide comfort and medical aid to this conference and rescue -- wounded from no man's land. -- the American successfully repelled the assault he found himself surrounded by the end facing annihilation the able bodied men ordered to effectively. However Chapman put on her fully aware of the certain captured let 69. -- After the -- succeed in breaking through the defense in the early morning hours of November 2. -- upon continually made rounds -- hand to hand combat institute. As Chinese Communist forces approached the American decision -- the pond noticed an injured Chinese officers. Amongst the -- didn't think convinced -- -- -- is safe surrender of the American forces. Shortly after his capture Chapman -- with complete disregard for his personal safety in unwavering resolve. Bravely pushed aside in enemy soldier preparing to -- -- sergeant first class Herbert -- Miller. That only -- -- and Neponset gallantry see the life of sergeant Miller but also his unparalleled courage and leadership inspired all those present. Including those who might have otherwise fled in panic to remain and fight the enemy until captured. -- coupons extraordinary heroism and selflessness. Above and beyond the call of duty. -- in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself. The third battalion. It calvary regiment the first cavalry division in the united states army.
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