Sgt 1st Class Nathan Ross Chapman
Born: April 23, 1970 in Temple Hills, Maryland
Died: January 4, 2002 in Khost, Afghanistan
Sgt. 1st Class Nathan R. Chapman of San Antonio, Texas was born at Andrews Air Force Base while his father was stationed there. Even as a kid, he liked to live on the edge. A headstrong kid who would do things without thought as to whether it might cost him life or limb. In 1988, he graduated from Centerville High School where he participated in wrestling. After graduation, Nathan joined the Army the following July and served most of his 12 year military career at Fort Lewis, Washington. At the outbreak of the war on terrorism, he volunteered to serve in Afghanistan. His primary duty as a communications specialist was working with long-range equipment for his Green Beret team. Following his initial training at Fort Benning, he was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash. In December 1989, he participated in his first combat action when he took part in the 2nd Ranger Battalion’s airborne assault into Panama during Operation Just Cause. In January 1991, while assigned to 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, he participated in his second combat action when he deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Storm. In September 1991, Sgt. 1st Class Chapman volunteered for Special Forces training. In December 1992, he graduated from the Special Forces Communications Sergeants Course at Fort Bragg, N.C., and went on to complete the Basic Military Language Course for Tagalog in June 1993. In July 1993, he returned to Fort Lewis, Wash., where he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). Here, he served on Operational Detachment A-185 and Operational detachment A-195. In 1995 he deployed to Haiti as part of Operation Uphold Democracy. In 1998, Sgt. 1st Class Chapman was reassigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), in Okinawa, Japan. He served there for three years as a member of Operational Detachment A-125 and Operational Detachment A-135. In June 2001, he returned to 3rd Battalion and became a member of Operational Detachment A-194. In November 2001, Sgt. 1st Class Chapman volunteered for a special mission in Afghanistan, where he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom. Sfc Chapman was a highly decorated combat veteran whose awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with “V” device, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the United Nations Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with arrow head, the Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Joint Meritorious Service Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Combat Infantryman Badge second award, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Parachutist Combat Badge with bronze service star, the Special Forces Combat Divers Badge, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, and the Royal Thai Army Parachutist Badge. He was killed at age 31 while fighting against Taliban and al Qaida forces, on Jan. 4, 2002 in Khost, Afghanistan. Sfc Chapman was the first United States serviceman killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan. He and a CIA agent, who was wounded, had been meeting with local tribal leaders. He leaves his wife, Renae, a daughter, Amanda, a son, Brandon and his parents, Will and Lynn Chapman. He was killed at age 31 while fighting against Taliban and al Qaida forces, on Jan. 4, 2002 in Khost, Afghanistan. Sfc Chapman was the first United States serviceman killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan. He and a CIA agent, who was wounded, had been meeting with local tribal leaders.
1st Special Forces Group
Fort Lewis, Washington
Burial is at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington – Sec 6 Site 33