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Inside the Rescue That Earned an Air Force Pilot the Medal of Honor in Vietnam | Real Clear Life

Inside the Rescue That Earned an Air Force Pilot the Medal of Honor in Vietnam | Real Clear Life

For his heroism under fire in Vietnam, Lt. James Fleming was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Nixon at the White House on May 14, 1970.

Just two days before Thanksgiving 1968, Air Force helicopter pilot James Fleming gave six desperate Green Berets fighting in the Vietnam War something for which to be eternally thankful.

On the morning of November 26, First Lieutenant Fleming was tasked with piloting a  UH-1F “Huey” helicopter to insert a seven-man Special Forces recon team into a “hot” area along Cambodian border so they could embark upon an intelligence-gathering mission.

Before missions like the one he flew on November 26th took off, Fleming said the men would often link arms and communicate, even though few words were exchanged.

 

Source: Inside the Rescue That Earned an Air Force Pilot the Medal of Honor in Vietnam