Green Beret - Chapman - Laid to Rest

1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Friday,  11 1January 2002 - 1300 PT

 

Fort Lewis, Washington — 

With somber Eulogies, many tears and a few wistful chuckles, 

The Special Forces Family 

and the Chapman Family 

bid farewell yesterday to 

SFC Nathan "Nate" Chapman 

one week after he became the first American serviceman killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan.


Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Lambert

Commander of the US Army's Special Forces Command

 recalled the slain Green Beret's mantra — 

"Stand Up and Do Something" 

as he honored the 31-year-old married father of two.

Lambert said he could see Chapman's legacy in his children and the places where Chapman fought for freedom — in Panama, the Persian Gulf War, Haiti and Afghanistan.

"I can see a democratic Panama. I can see a liberated Kuwait. I can see a small girl attending elementary school in Kabul. And I can see terrorism on the run," Lambert said.

Chapman, who lived in Puyallup, was killed Jan. 4 during an ambush near Khost, a few miles from the Pakistan border. He and a CIA agent, who was wounded, had been meeting with tribal leaders.

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A wreath of red and white carnations — a remembrance from the high school he attended in Ohio — was among the floral tributes beside Chapman's flag-draped casket at his funeral at the 

Fort Lewis' Four Chaplin's Chapel. Nearby were Chapman's boots, Special Forces beret and M-4 rifle.

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Chapman was later buried at Tahoma National Cemetery near Covington. Firefighters draped U.S. flags at freeway overpasses along the route of his cortege.

The hearse bearing his casket rolled slowly up a long drive to the gravesite, accompanied by a line of white vans and limousines.

 

Members of the Army’s 

1st Special Forces Group 

Honor Guard 

folded the Flag over the casket of SFC Nathan "Nate" Chapman 

at Tahoma National Cemetery near Covington, Washington.

 

The Soldiers took the Flags from his casket, folded them, and presented them to his widow and his parents.

Maj. John Maraia, commander of C Company in the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Special Forces Group, in which Chapman served, said almost every conversation he'd had with Chapman "ended in laughter."

"I only recall seeing Nate angry once," said Maraia, one of several men who offered eulogies for Chapman. "It was Sept. 12 or 13" — just after the Sept. 11 attacks.

"He pulled me aside and ranted for a while. He was adamant. ... He wanted to get into that fight."

Chapman was a communications specialist. He completed basic and Ranger training at Fort Benning, Ga.; graduated from Special Forces school at Fort Bragg, N.C.; and spent most of his career at Fort Lewis.


Material by SFAHQ.com, AP Wire Service  and Seattle Timesused in this Article

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