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Nathan Chapman
Chapman's coffin being carried by military pallbearers in January 2002.
Birth name Nathan Ross Chapman
Born (1970-04-23)23 April 1970
Died 4 January 2002(2002-01-04) (aged 31)
Place of birth Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, U.S.
Place of death Gardez, Afghanistan
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Army-USA-OR-07.svg Sergeant First Class
Unit 1st Special Forces Group

Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star

Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart

Nathan Ross Chapman (23 April 1970 – 4 January 2002) was a United States Army Sergeant First Class with the 1st Special Forces Group. He was the first American soldier to be killed in combat in the war in Afghanistan.

Born at Andrews Air Force Base where his father was stationed, Nathan Chapman grew up in a variety of towns across the United States, but listed his hometown as San Antonio, Texas when he joined the military at the age of 18. He'd never lived in San Antonio, but that is where his grandparents lived.[1]

Assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group following the 11 September attacks, Chapman was directing troop movements from the back of a flatbed truck when he was shot.[2] He did not die instantly from the attack, which also saw a CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer from Special Activities Division wounded.[3] Although originally dubbed an "ambush", the military backed away from using the term.[4]

He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.[3]

Chapman, his wife and two children lived in Puyallup, Washington.

Forward Operating Base Chapman was named after SFC Chapman.

See also


  1. Chapman Remembered at Ft Lewis
  2. Marek, J.B. "Shadow Massacre", 16 July 2007
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bongioanni, Carlos. Okinawa bureau Stars and Stripes, "Okinawa service salutes Nate Chapman a former Torii Station Green Beret killed in Afghanistan" Pacific edition, Sunday, 13 January 2002
  4. [1]

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