"But the award has renewed controversy over exactly what transpired — and the decisions Mr. Slabinski made — during the 14-hour battle on Takur Ghar, a mountain in Afghanistan.
During the firefight, Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, an Air Force combat controller acting as the unit’s radioman, was left behind. Mr. Slabinski had believed Sergeant Chapman to be dead and moved the rest of the team — including Stephen Toboz, who had a serious leg injury — off the mountain peak.
It was a devastating decision for a leader of an elite team that, like many other military units, prides itself on leaving no one behind."