Many US military personnel made a name for themselves in the Vietnam War. One of them was US Air Force pilot Bernard Fisher, who put his own life in danger to save another airman while on a mission to defend a Special Forces camp from North Vietnamese Army (NVA) soldiers.
On January 11, 1927, Bernard Fisher was born in San Bernardino, California. He was the second of five children, and after his family moved, he spent much of his youth in Clearfield, Utah. Fisher was detoured to the Civil Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) Special Forces base in the A Shau Valley, Tha Thiên Hu province, close to the South Vietnam-Laos border. Between July 1965 and June 1966, Bernard Fisher was a member of the 1st Air Commando Squadron, based out of Pleiku Air Base in South Vietnam and flew 200 combat missions in Douglas A-1E/H Skyraiders during = this time. Fisher had been awarded a variety of military decorations after his retirement. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he also received numerous other awards, including the Silver Star, several Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, and two Meritorious Service Medals. Fisher died on August 16, 2014, at the age of 87, and was buried in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.