Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force

Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force

by Dan Schilling, Lori Longfritz


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The astonishing true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms.

In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,000-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. Believing he was dead, his SEAL leader ordered a retreat. Chapman regained consciousness, alone with the enemy closing in on three sides, beginning the most difficult and exceptional fight of his life.

John Chapman's incredible display of valor--first by saving the lives of his SEAL teammates and then, aware that he was mortally wounded, single-handedly engaging two dozen hardened fighters to save the lives of an incoming rescue squad--posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Chapman is the first airman in nearly fifty years to be given the distinction reserved for America's greatest heroes.

Alone at Dawn is also a behind-the-scenes look at the Air Force Combat Controllers: the world's deadliest and most versatile special operations force, whose members must not only exceed the qualifications of Navy SEAL and Army Delta Force teams, but also act with sharp decisiveness and deft precision--even in the face of life-threatening danger.

Drawing from firsthand accounts, classified documents, dramatic video footage, and extensive interviews with leaders and survivors of the operation, Alone at Dawn is the story of an extraordinary man's brave last stand and the brotherhood that forged him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538729656
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 6,668
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

A 30-year special operations and Combat Control veteran, Dan Schilling has numerous combat and clandestine deployments around the world, including the operation popularly known as Black Hawk Down where he is credited with saving the lives of a Ranger and SEAL under fire. He later founded and then served as the first commander of two special operations squadrons. An adrenaline enthusiast, he holds the Guinness world record for most BASE jumps in 24 hours (201), is a mountain speedwing pilot and ski instructor at Wasatch Adaptive Sports, helping those with challenges gain independence through skiing. He and his wife live in the alpine town of Alta, Utah.

Lori Chapman Longfritz is the second of four children born to Gene and Terry Chapman and shares the "middle child" slot with John. She was a longtime advocate for his Medal of Honor and is proud to share the story of her brother, who stood out from the ordinary long before he ever put on a uniform. Lori, her husband, and son, John, live in the "forever west" town of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
wow, just finished, great book. liked heafing some details thatbwere left out of other books.
EKbrook 3 months ago
Dan Schilling, with the aid of Lori Chapman Longfritz, uses his wealth of experience as a former Combat Controller to tell the gut-wrenching story of John Chapman's fight on Takur Ghar, that ultimately led to his award of the Medal of Honor. (The first AF Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War). Along the way, Dan introduces the reader to the wider Combat Control community and some of the lesser-know and largely unheralded heroes who crushed Taliban/Al-Qaida forces in Afghanistan. A superb read and a story that will change your perception of the modern Air Force and Air Force Special Forces!
Anonymous 7 months ago
ALONE AT DAWN is a chilling account of the events leading to the most heroic action you can imagine. It details the commitment of a small group of special operators to the preservation of our way of life. If you’ve never heard of Combat Control you absolutely must read this well researched and equally well written story about the most lethal warriors on the battlefield.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Alone At Dawn is a great chronicle of Combat Control and a tribute to John's character. The author's descriptions of Combat Control in John's early career are spot on. As a 20 year Combat Control veteran whose career overlapped John's, I am humbled by the sacrifice and valor of today's CCT. I was blown-away by the boldness of these early missions in the Afghanistan War. While I never had the opportunity to meet John Chapman I am honored to have served in the same brotherhood.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Excellent read. A detailed account of John Chapman and the little known special operations force, the Air Force Combat Controller . Written for both the military and non-military reader, this book puts you in the middle of the battle with these heroes. You won’t be able to put this book down. This book needs to be on the big screen.
Anonymous 9 months ago
As Lori and John's mom, I am definitely biased regarding this book. It took years and many people to finally get all the facts. Then Lori and Dan spent many months writing the story. Anyone who has seen the actual video footage can attest to the accuracy of events. Dan and Lori put every effort into producing a book that is easily understood by all, not just readers with military backgrounds. While a good portion of the book tells how Combat Controllers developed from the early years to present day, it also incorporates aspects of John's life. Lori wanted the world to know the gentle, caring side of her brother --- the person who always put others before himself. Thank you, Lori and Dan, for finally giving me closure.
Delta_Yankee 9 months ago
Alone at Dawn is the most accurate and honest account of the events leading upto the Battle of Takur Ghar. Its honest no holds bar depiction of battle give you a feel for the complexity and dynamic requirements placed on the Combat Controllers on the battlefield. This is also a labor of love written by a Teammate and Sister to honor a most extraordinary man. John Chapman was the person you wanted to know, the man who would stop and check on you or help you become a better person. He was a consumate leader, professional, husband, and father. This story has a mix of history, adventure and intrigue. There has not been a major SOF battle since the begining of Vietnam that has not had a CCT in the mix,. This is a must read!