President Trump Presents Medal of Honor To Master Chief Britt Slabinski, U.S. Navy…

Earlier today President Trump presented the Medal of Honor to Master Chief Britt Slabinski, U.S. Navy.


[Transcript] 2:38 P.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Chaplain. That’s beautiful. And thank you to Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. Thank you, Patrick. Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas Modly — thank you. Thank you, Thomas. VA Secretary nominee — will do a fantastic job for us — Robert Wilkie. And Congressmen Scott Taylor and Brian Mast. Thank you, fellas, very much. Thank you.

Members of the Armed Forces and distinguished guests, please sit down. That actually worked out very nicely. (Laughter.) And join me in officially welcoming Master Chief Britt Slabinski to the White House. A special man. A truly brave person.

Today, we pay tribute to Britt’s heroic service, and we proudly present him with our nation’s highest military honor — and I would go so far to say our nation’s highest honor.

Joining Britt today is his son Bryce — Bryce, thank you very much — a rising senior at a wonderful school known to the world as Ohio State. Great place. That’s a great school. Along with Britt’s sisters, Brenda and Teka, and Brenda’s husband, Tom. Thank you very much for being here. Here as well are Britt’s significant other, Christina, and her two children John and Meghan, who we just met in the Oval Office. That’s a special place, too. Thank you all for joining us for this really special day and special ceremony. Thank you very much.

Finally, we’re honored to be joined by several previous Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. Would you please stand. Would you please stand. Thank you, fellas. (Applause.) Very, very special people. Your names and your immortal acts of valor are forever engraved in the memory of our nation. Our nation will always be grateful to you, and you know that.

Today, we induct a new name into the world’s most exclusive gathering of heroes. And that’s exactly what it is. Britt was raised in Northampton, Massachusetts. He became an Eagle Scout by the age of 14. His father was a veteran, who served as a frogman in the underwater demolitions group of the U.S. Navy. Those are tough people. While Britt was in junior high, his dad brought him to their reunion. Britt was inspired by their bond of friendship, their stories of service, and their boundless love of country.

As soon as he graduated from high school in 1988, Britt enlisted in the Navy to become a SEAL. That means he is a physically very strong person, and that also means he is a mentally very strong person. That’s tough.

Throughout the grueling months of training, Britt proved himself every single step of the way. In 1990, he graduated the legendary BUDS training course and he earned that special badge worn only by the bravest few: the SEAL Trident.

In 2002, Britt was called to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In the late evening hours of March 3rd that year, he led an elite team on a combat mission to establish a secure position on the peak of a 10,000-foot mountain known as Takur Gahr.

Britt and his teammates were preparing to exit the helicopter onto the mountain when their aircraft was struck by a machine gun and machine gun fire like they’ve never seen before, and a rocket-propelled grenade from al Qaeda terrorists down below. Not a good feeling. As the helicopter lurched away from the assault, Petty Officer First Class Neil Roberts was flung out of the aircraft — tremendous, tremendous, horrible thing to witness — and onto the side of the mountain before the helicopter crashed into the valley below.

After surviving, barely, the violent crash, Britt and his team were retrieved by a second helicopter; also, by the way, piloted by very brave people. At this point, Britt received information suggesting their comrade, Neil Roberts, the man thrown out of the helicopter, was probably still alive. The team faced a choice: to wait for reinforcements and pretty much safety, or to return immediately to the enemy stronghold in the hope of saving Neil’s life.

They would be outmanned, outgunned, and fighting uphill on a steep, icy mountain. And every solider knows you don’t want to fight uphill. They learned that at Gettysburg — you don’t fight uphill. But they would face freezing temperatures, and bitter winds, at the highest altitude of battle in the history of the American military. This was the highest point where we ever fought. The odds were not good. They were not in their favor.

But Britt and his team didn’t even hesitate for a moment. They made their decision. For them it was an easy one. They went back to that mountain.

When their helicopter reached the mountain peak, they jumped out into a furious onslaught of machine gunfire like none of them had ever seen before.

Britt and his teammate Sergeant John Chapman charged uphill toward the enemy, where John was shot after clearing a bunker.

Britt continued to engage the enemy, repeatedly exposing himself to horrendous fire. Two of his other teammates, Stephen “Turbo” Toboz and Brett Morganti, both suffered very, very serious leg injuries.

Britt helped them to safety and called in airstrikes as continuous fire drove them ever-further down the face of the mountain — got worse and worse, more and more dangerous. He kept going.

In a treacherous descent, Britt and his men carried Turbo through the snow. At one point, they fashioned a makeshift harness out of their gun straps to hoist Turbo down a 13-foot cliff, in itself treacherous, because if you miss that little area, they go down the mountain. No stopping them.

When they could go no further, Britt tended to the wounded and coordinated their escape until his team was finally evacuated from enemy territory.

Seven of the brave men who fought with Britt are here with us today, and maybe they’ll stand up as I call their name. Petty Officer Second Class Brett Morganti. Pretty dangerous place, huh? Way to go, Brett. Chief Warrant Officer Kyle Soderberg. Thank you, Kyle. Petty Officer Second Class Stephen Toboz. Thanks, Stephen. Chief Warrant Officer Al Mack. Thank you. Sergeant Christopher Cunningham. Master Sergeant Eric Stebner — a Master Chief Petty Officer still on active duty is quietly not with us today.

I just want to thank you all. Unbelievable acts of bravery. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you, folks. Thank you very much. Incredible.

Today, we also remember the brave soldiers who gave their lives on that mountain: Technical Sergeant John Chapman, Corporal Matthew Commons, Specialist Marc Anderson, Sergeant Bradley Crose, Senior Airman Jason Cunningham, Technical Sergeant Philip Svitak, and of course, Petty Officer First Class Neil Roberts — who met a horrible death — for whom these events are now known — it’s called the Battle of Robert’s Ridge. Incredible event.

To the Gold Star family members of those heroes who are here today, please stand up. Please, stand up. (Applause.) Please. It’s an honor to have you accept our nation’s profound sorrow and a deep love and everlasting gratitude. These were incredible, incredible men, and you can be proud that they were in your family. And they are looking down right now, and they are very, very proud of you. Thank you very much. Thank you for being here. Thank you.

To Britt, and to all of the men of Robert’s Ridge: You waged a fierce fight against the enemies. And these really have become the enemies of America and the enemies of all civilization. Through your actions, you demonstrated that there is no love more pure, and no courage more great, than the love and courage that burns in the hearts of American patriots.

We are free because warriors like you are willing to give their sweat, their blood, and, if have to, their lives for our great nation.

Britt, you went on to serve many more years in the U.S. Navy before finally retiring in 2014. Today, he continues his life of serving by volunteering with the Navy SEAL Foundation, and on behalf of Gold Star families. Special, special, incredible families. And as one of his fellow service members testifies, he is an amazing father to Bryce, who, like his dad, is now an Eagle Scout.

Britt wants the country to know that for him, the recognition he is about to receive is an honor that falls on the whole team — he wants you folks to know that — on the whole team, on every American warrior who fought the forces of terror on that snowy Afghan ridge. Each of them has entered the eternal chronicle of American valor and American bravery.

Britt, we salute you, we thank you. We thank God for making you a United States SEAL. We love our Navy SEALs. They’ve very special, very incredible people. It’s now my tremendous privilege to present to you the Congressional Medal of Honor.

And I’d like the military aide to come forward and please read the citation. Thank you.

MILITARY AIDE: The President of the United States, in the name of the Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Sea, Air, and Land, Britt K. Slabinski, United States Navy, for service as set forth in the following: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while assigned to a joint task force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In the early morning of March 4, 2002, Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Slabinski led a reconnaissance team to its assigned area atop a 10,000-foot, snow-covered mountain. Their insertion helicopter was suddenly riddled with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire from previously undetected enemy positions. The crippled helicopter lurched violently and ejected one teammate onto the mountain before the pilots were forced to crash land in the valley far below.

Senior Chief Slabinski boldly rallied his five remaining team members, and marshaled supporting assets for an assault to rescue their stranded teammate. During reinsertion, the team came under fire from three directions, and one teammate started moving uphill toward an enemy strongpoint. Without regard for his own safety, Senior Chief Slabinski charged directly toward enemy fire to join his teammate. Together, they fearlessly assaulted and cleared the first bunker they encountered.

The enemy then unleashed a hail of machinegun fire from a second hardened position only 20 meters away. Senior Chief Slabinski repeatedly exposed himself to deadly fire to personally engage the second enemy bunker and orient his team’s fires in the furious, close-quarters firefight. Proximity made air support impossible. And after several teammates became casualties, the situation became untenable. Senior Chief Slabinski maneuvered his team to a more defensible position, directed airstrikes in very close proximity to his team’s position, and requested reinforcements.

As daylight approached, accurate enemy mortar fire forced the team further down the sheer mountainside. Senior Chief Slabinski carried a seriously wounded teammate through deep snow, and led a difficult trek across precipitous terrain while calling in fire on the enemy, which was engaging the team from the surrounding ridges.

Throughout the next 14 hours, Senior Chief Slabinski stabilized casualties and continued the fight against the enemy until the hill was secured and his team was extracted. By his undaunted courage, bold initiative, leadership, and devotion to duty, Senior Chief Slabinski reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

(The Medal of Honor is presented.) (Applause.)

(A prayer is given.)


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82 Responses to President Trump Presents Medal of Honor To Master Chief Britt Slabinski, U.S. Navy…

  1. Publius2016 says:

    Classy ceremony! President Trump is a 24-7 Machine! Space/Banks/Pardon/Medal all public and so much done in private! We’re blessed and God Bless our Medal of Honor Slabinski!

    Liked by 30 people

  2. jrapdx says:

    What a moving story that is, one that deserves to be better known by the American public. Ideally the MSM would cover and highlight this event. The courage, skill and stubborn persistence of the SEALS in the face of overwhelming odds is undeniable. I appreciate the President bringing it to our attention, it is truly inspiring.

    Liked by 16 people

    • The Boss says:

      When our son joined the military, I told him to serve with honor and humility, and to always look out for his buddies. This man, and his citation, gives me some sense that my advice was on target.

      Liked by 12 people

      • Minnie says:


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      • jrapdx says:

        Be assured your advice was definitely “on target”. A long time ago I served a couple of years in the US Army, no heroics on my part, but the implicit lessons about teamwork made an impact. Years later I still appreciate the great value of being a “team player”, a person with the qualities you advised your son to strive for.

        Certainly it applies not just in the military but nearly every endeavor of significance. Too bad so few of our elected officials manifest that spirit.

        I’ve said for decades that the effectiveness of an enterprise depends on its leadership. When leaders are imbued with team spirit chances of success are much greater than otherwise. Stuff runs downhill doesn’t it?

        Give yourself due credit, sure sounds like you raised your son right.


      • eagledriver50 says:

        My later father told me something along those same lines when I went to Vietnam and Bosnia…ALWAYS take care of your men, Never Lie to them about ANY situation no matter how dire, and ABOVE ALL ELSE BE HONORABLE!!!

        To The Boss…Thank you for telling your son that and hope he is safe and well.


    • MustangBlues says:

      ”’What a moving story that is,
      one that deserves to be better known by the American public’

      Important reminder::: No Americans are informing the American Public!!

      Only Marxocrat Communists, Evil Incarnate, Devil’s Spawn,

      Slobbering Falsehoods, Snake OIl Panty Boys,

      Who want to be your brother in law.


      • jrapdx says:

        There are a few rational voices in the wilderness, like CTH. Though my comment was mostly rhetorical, I didn’t expect the MSM to step up. Their loss, it’s a great and heroic story, would do a lot more for ratings (if that’s still important) than all the Stormy reports in the universe.


  3. grlangworth says:

    “…This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be rememberèd—
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day….” Henry V, in Act IV Scene iii 18–67

    Liked by 7 people

  4. gzuf says:

    Anyone see that during his interview on Bret Baier’s program with Catherine Herridge at the end, she slips in “There has been some criticism of orders, and that men were left behind” etc something like this and made the guy defend himself saying” I never left anyone behind, ever.” Just struck me as really sick and twisted to say. You could tell it affected him, too.

    Fox News is constantly doing hit pieces like this especially on police. It’s sick. They say they “honor” them on one hand and accuse them of systematic racism on the other hand. Anything to further their profits, anything to sow division and above all else – anything to hit Trump. MSM is a disease.

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  5. nuthinmuffin says:

    “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
    John 15:13

    Liked by 14 people

  6. wheatietoo says:

    What an amazing story. Truly amazing.
    We are so blessed to have such brave men, giving their all for us.

    It happened back in 2002, in the early months of our operations in Afghanistan.
    So it seems like Master Chief Slabinski should have already received this medal of honor, before now.

    I am glad though, that it was our current President who presented this medal to him…so that it was done by a President who actually Loves Our Military.

    These ceremonies are such a bright spot, a welcome respite from all the other things going on.
    It is a reminder of what we should be very thankful for.

    Liked by 9 people

    • navysquid says:

      wheatietoo…unfortunately, so many of our MoH recipients are given the medal posthumously. Many still living deserve the medal and ALL would likely refuse it the same.

      When in combat, as stated by MC Slabinski, you are never fighting alone as you truly rely on your band of brothers to make it out of the most hairy situations…but also recognize there are those that go above and beyond what is seen as inhumanly possible.

      Bravo Zulu!

      Liked by 1 person

      • wheatietoo says:

        It chokes me up whenever I think of it.
        And also makes me have undying gratitude to you all…for what you do for us.

        Thank you for your service, NavySquid.

        Liked by 2 people

        • navysquid says:

          We truly live off the energy that comes from the support of patriotic Americans. We do it for ALL of us and this much blessed nation we live in and amazing Founding Fathers that established such a “perfect union” that has not been duplicated since. So, thank you all for your unwavering support when times do get tough. Thanks for having our six!

          Liked by 1 person

    • Just as an FYI, Slabinski was awarded the Navy Cross nearly 10 years ago for his actions on Robert’s Ridge – the Medal of Honor was awarded based on a review of his (and his team’s) incredibly heroic actions.

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  7. Michael says:

    Takes super special people to rate the Budweiser.


  8. Tired Mom says:

    Thank you, Britt Slabinski, for your amazing dedication, and thank you, President Trump, for honoring him and his teammates today. I’m teary-eyed reading the transcript of this presentation. How lucky, how blessed are we, to be led and cared for by men such as these!

    Liked by 17 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Beautifully said Tired Mom! An absolute incredible ceremony from beginning to end! I am so grateful to the men and women that serve our country. We are so blessed to have a President that loves them and our Veterans as if they were his own children.

      Thank you 🙏 Master Chief Britt Slabinski for everything you did for your fellow soldiers that day. The country will always be indebted to you!

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  9. Katherine McCoun says:

    Lovely service. Timing for Memorial Day gives us moment for pause. So many have gone willing to give their lives and some have. thank you to all.

    Liked by 9 people

  10. billrla says:

    It is an honor to live in the same country with these people.

    Liked by 9 people

  11. phoenixRising says:

    Thank you, Britt Slabinski,
    thanks to your team: those who survived and those who gave their life in the effort to save their team mate…
    Thank you President Trump for bringing honor and appreciation once more to those who fight and give their lives so that we may live.

    Liked by 12 people

  12. Rex70 says:

    Our Navy SEALS (to paraphrase an admirer): The closest to real, live superhuman superheroes who walk this planet. God bless, Chief.

    Liked by 11 people

  13. Minnie says:


    Thank you for your service and dedication to our Beloved America, Master Chief Slabinski ❤️

    Thank you, Mr. President 🇺🇸

    We support, respect and most of all appreciate our Military!!

    Praying unceasingly for our Armed Forces, in Jesus’ name, Amen 🙏

    Liked by 8 people

  14. NJF says:


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  15. DamnRedNek says:

    “Our Souls Cry Out”
    Our souls cry out when they say, “gone but not forgotten,”
    Because we are forgotten by so many.
    You accept the good life,
    All without a thought, claiming it is your right.
    The right to live and do as you will.
    A special life, ah, ’tis that indeed

    A piece of metal forged into a design,
    Tied with a ribbon, to wear on our chests,
    Or sent home to our families was our reward.
    We were grateful.

    Tiny crosses dot the earth around the world.
    Many stand in foreign soil,
    Never to be seen by our families,
    Some here at home in sacred ground.
    Perhaps you think them pretty in their symmetrical rows,
    Not one individually stands out.
    Nay, they are more,

    These emblems insure you the right to be individuals in all things.
    Even to ignore our reasons for dying.
    Take heed of us and the histories of the past.
    Remember our country, our peoples and why we lived and died.

    YOU —are the nation, make it great again, become proud.
    Remember us so our souls no longer feel the need to cry out.

    Written by Virginia Swan in 1998 in recognition of her brothers sacrifice.

    Liked by 4 people

  16. daughnworks247 says:

    What an inspiring man. Challenges us all to be better.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. TimesUp says:

    I am grateful to know there are men like Senior Chief Slabinski and his teammates who he insisted share his award and recognition (a great teammate and the hallmark of a true SEAL).

    Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit.

    Thank you for your service.

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  18. 335blues says:

    I salute your bravery, Sir.
    All of us hope we find in ourselves the courage you found in yourself when our moment comes. In the words of our LORD, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13).
    Master Chief Slabinski, without hesitation you put your life in the path of fire to save your friends.
    You were spared to be a witness, and an example for those who follow.
    Again, I salute you, and all of America’s great service men and women. You are all heroes.

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  19. melski says:

    Master Chief Slabinski, a fellow Polish brother in arms. I salute you sir!


  20. Caius Lowell says:

    What movies was ever Sablinski in? Remember that time Obama gave a medal to Obama just fore being Obama? Now that was touching — Obama-rific even…


  21. I am not a gifted researcher, sometimes my memory fails me, however something tugs at my heart, in my memory’s waining hours. Maybe those more capable Treepers can offer help.

    A seared memory evokes a time when POS Neil Casnooto of Faux News denegrated a pilot, said he was maybe cowboying it up and hot dogging and caused a fellow Service Member to fall from the chopper. I was disgusted by Casnooto’s cavelierness in denegrating our brave warriors.

    Now with years gone by and this Medal of Honor bestowed, the regaling of heroism reminds me of that day a POS urinalist posited his disgusting speculation that degraded our brave warriors for his own petty purposes…whether it was this witnessing of bravery or another valient pilot who Casnooto tried to tarnish, I will try to find out and would ask for help in finding that disgusting diatribe of Neil Casnooto’s attack, many years ago, on his then 4pm show…i have cut cable and since that disgusting display stopped watching his show when I was still cable attached.

    If Neil’s diatribe is indeed that in relation to this valiant history of heroism, may Casnoots be embarressed to hell and back for his impudence and self righteousness, not a speck of valor in his soul. A demon in a human skin suit.

    Thanks for endulging my fury.

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  22. awakening! says:

    I find these ceremonies so powerful. When I hear what this person did, and the others who have been awarded, I cannot believe how brave they are. I figure I would be cowering in a corner somewhere or I would, such brave people. God bless them.


  23. Konamon says:

    I have 2 friends to think of on Memorial Day. Both are gone now. One was in the first wave at IWO, he got what he called a million dollar wound. The other survived the Bataan Death March but lost a leg. To them I salute. Thinking of them now, gone but not forgotten. I am happy I knew them.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Minnie says:

      Beautiful tribute.

      Prayers for the restful repose of their brave souls 🙏

      They were immediately welcomed into the Gates of Heaven.






  25. Alligator Gar says:

    Thank you to this brave man and all veterans this Memorial Day.

    I look at my 83 y.o. father: cancer survivor, President Trump supporter, and Korean War vet. I say you are honored and not forgotten, dad, nor are your buddies you remember like Goose. As long as memory holds, they live. God bless America.

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  26. dallasdan says:

    It was a beautiful, respectful ceremony, and the President was admirably and reverently gracious toward all present and to all others who serve and their families.


  27. Beverly says:

    The spirit of Patrick Henry lives in these men!

    There he stood, in 1775, addressing Virginia’s House of Burgesses. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were there. Revolution was in the air!

    “Our petitions have been slighted,” Henry said, “our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne…we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!”

    Henry stood silent for a moment, letting his defiant words hang in the air. When he finally began speaking again, it was in a thunderous bellow that seemed to shake “the walls of the building and all within them.” His fellow delegates leaned forward in their seats as he reached his crescendo.

    “The war is actually begun!” Henry cried. “The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field!

    “Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?”

    As he spoke, Henry held his wrists together as though they were manacled and raised them toward the heavens: “Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty”—Henry burst from his imaginary chains—“or give me death!”

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    • Beverly says:

      Less than a month later, skirmishes between British troops and colonial minutemen at Lexington and Concord resulted in “the shot heard round the world” and the first casualties of the Revolutionary War. In Virginia, scores of colonials—many of whom had embroidered the words “Liberty or Death” onto their shirts—flocked to join local militias. “The sword is now drawn,” wrote the Virginia Gazette, “and God knows when it will be sheathed.”

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    • navysquid says:

      Amazing men. Many at such a young age in their 20’s and 30’s except for good ole Ben Franklin the Obi-Wan of the bunch to lead and guide them with words of wisdom.


      • Bluto Ruffian says:

        Squid, that is exactly how I view Ben Franklin as well (musket in one hand… BEER in the other).
        VSGPDJT should personally narrate the audio book version of ‘The Art Of The Deal’ as he is a great storyteller in the mold of the Native Americans (indians) handing down the lore of the elders from generation to generation. I saw no notes or teleprompter (Hi BHO!) in the video above as he told the riveting story of the (highest) fight fought by Americans in known history! The presentation of the MoH was impressively touching.
        Trump is the CLASS ACT that deserves the Presidency at this time in history.
        MEGA MAGA


  28. Pyrthroes says:

    There are Jomsvikings living yet.


  29. II’m surprised CNN isn’t claiming that President Donald Trump was caught garroting a Navy Seal.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Donna in Oregon says:

    President Trump is a very positive person. Every day great things happen..


  31. PotP says:

    Slabinski’s (deserved) honor was marred by certain elements in the SEAL community denying the same honors to Chapman, who was left behind and fought afterwards, alone. Drone footage proves it (even the low res versions released to the public)

    Chapman will (finally) get his MOH, posthumously.


  32. Mike diamond says:

    President Trump is the real deal ! We are very thankful he is our President ! He has much respect for our military!


  33. LetsPlay says:

    Good on you Senior Chief! Thank you for your service and the honor you bestow upon your country! God Bless you.


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