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Old 05-16-2005, 07:46   #16
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I served in C 1/1 with Nate. I was in 2/1 when he showed back up to Ft. Lewis and assigned to 3/1. I considered him to be a good friend.

Everyone that knew him considered him a friend, a warrior and someone they could always count on. I have never heard one word spoken in a negative way about Nate.

When we were in miserable places and thought things could not possibly suck any worse, Nate would always do or say something to make you laugh and make the suckfest just a little more enjoyable. He found the "good" in everything he did.

Nate will never be forgotten.

RIP Brother.
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Old 05-25-2005, 02:08   #17
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I went through SFAUC with Nate in 2000, he was in SFARTAETC train up. A great guy, his picture hangs in the hall of heroes here in the box in Okinawa.

RIP Brother.

I'm pretty sure there is also an airfield named after him in an un-named location.

My avatar is the symbol for his old team, the one I am currently on, he may be gone from here, but he is definitely not forgotten.
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Old 07-19-2005, 16:01   #18
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County dedicates nature trail to Fallen SF Soldier


County dedicates nature trail to Fallen SF Soldier
By Sgt. Christopher Stanis
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

PUYALLUP, Wash. (July 19, 2005) — Pierce County Parks and Recreations carved the name of a local hero in stone July 18 with a nature trail dedication to Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Chapman at the South Hill Community Park.

Chapman, a 1st Special Forces Group Soldier and long-time resident of Puyallup, was the first service member to die from enemy fire in Afghanistan.

The dedication ceremony included comments from local political leaders as well as Maj. Guy LeMire, the 1st SF Group executive officer and former team leader of Chapman.

LeMire did not want to talk about how Chapman died, but how he lived. He was a dedicated Soldier, but he was also a dedicated husband and father of two young children.

“Nate served as a touchstone for everyone around him,” said Lemire. “He set himself apart even more from the already elite.”

Following the comments, a bronze plaque with Chapman’s military biography was unveiled. The plaque sits atop a stone wall that reads “Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail.” This is the entrance to the two-and-a-half-mile trail.

Friends of Chapman said the trail and its location is a fitting dedication for the type of man he was.

“The beauty and Solitude of the trail embodies everything Nate enjoyed,” said Master Sgt. Chris Heim, a friend and former teammate of the honored Soldier.

A man who was in tune with nature and the outdoors, Chapman thrived on physical competition.

“Nobody was more competitive, more dominant or more consistently proficient as Nate Chapman,” said LeMire.

It was only too often that LeMire would hear, “Sir, we have a long way to go to be like Nate.”

The Soldiers attending the ceremony said it meant a lot to see the community where Chapman lived, and his family still lives, honor the Green Beret.

“It’s touching,” said Master Sgt. John Iliff, a former team sergeant of Chapman’s. “It makes us happy to see that the people of this community care.”
Everyone, everywhere in the world may have their own heroes, but if the citizens of Pierce County are asked they can say, “We now have a hero.”

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Old 07-20-2005, 08:07   #19
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Rest easy Nate. It was good being in C/3/1 with you.

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Old 12-29-2008, 09:50   #20
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Posted on behalf of Nate's Father, an email for all of us to share. TS

I am Will Chapman father of SFC Nathan R. Chapman. I have not visited your site before, but today I had a Google alert email indicating a hit on his name and it led me to your site. I was very moved by the comments that were left there regarding our son Nate.

I wanted to let you know that we live in Georgetown, TX and our community raised money to build a memorial to local soldiers who have fallen in the War on Terror. The centerpiece of this memorial is a life size bronze statue of Nate. MG (now LTG) David Fridovich was the keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony for the memorial on September 11, 2006. Gen Fridovich was commander of 1st SFG at the time Nate was killed. The memorial is a wonderful and lasting tribute to our son, the first American soldier to die from hostile fire in Afghanistan, and to those who have followed him in making the ultimate sacrifice.

If you wish to post this information on your web site, please feel free to do so. Thank you for providing this place in cyber space to honor our Special Forces heroes.

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Old 12-29-2008, 10:02   #21
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I passed through the airfield at Khowst which named in memory/honor of Nate.

Here's the picture of the sign
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:59   #22
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I believe that SF is a 'calling' - not too different from the calling missionaries I know received. I knew instantly that it was for me, and that I would do all I could to achieve it. Most others I know in SF experienced something similar. If, as you say, you HAVE searched and read, and you do not KNOW if this is the path for you --- it is not....
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Old 12-29-2008, 18:37   #23
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Rest In Peace SFC Chapman!
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Old 12-29-2008, 20:32   #24
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Nate will never be forgotten by myself or any other of his teammates. He, like most of our fallen, was an excellent soldier and professional. He could make you laugh anytime, I miss him. All the best to his family and especially his kids.
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Old 12-30-2008, 13:24   #25
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Rest in Peace SFC Chapman.

I was living in Houston at the time of SFC Chapman's death. My wife & I were awaiting the arrival of the birth of our second child, a son, when I read about SFC Chapman's death. It struck me with mixed emotion, anger at the way he died, and sadness for his family for their ultimate sacrifice. It grabbed my heart, as it still does even now, the debt we as benefactors of all those that have sacrificed, owe. My gratatiude for those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to those that make the living sacrifice of endless schools, deployments, training, training, training, cannot be adequately expressed with my vocabulary.
In this arena my sincerest thanks goes out to all the QP's, Past, Present & Future.
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Old 12-30-2008, 15:51   #26
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I thought his name sounded familiar. Now having seen his picture, Chapman was in 2/75 the same time I was. From what I remember, he was damn good guy.
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Old 12-31-2008, 06:53   #27
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Nate and I were in 2/75 together, went TDY to SFQC with PLDC enroute and had CSM England as the PLDC Asst Commandant, then the SFQC. I lost touch with him after we both graduated.

I remember seeing the photo of his son at the memorial wearing a copy of Nate's Dress Greens.

Fare well Brother,

You are not forgotten.

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Old 12-31-2008, 18:32   #28
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It struck me with mixed emotion, anger at the way he died, and sadness for his family for their ultimate sacrifice.
It grabbed my heart, as it still does even now, the debt we as benefactors of all those that have sacrificed, owe.

Rest-in-peace, SFC Chapman...

Your service and sacrifice are not forgotten!

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Old 01-02-2009, 07:50   #29
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You are still missed Nate.
Rest In Peace brother
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Old 01-05-2009, 16:03   #30
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