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Bernard Francis Fisher

Bernard Fisher, Medal of Honor Recipient


U.S. Air Force
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Major Fisher was piloting an A-1E aircraft in the A Shau Valley of South Vietnam on March 10, 1966. There a Special Forces camp had been attacked by 2,000 North Vietnamese Army Regulars. Tops of 1,500-foot hills were obscured by an 800-foot ceiling, limiting maneuverability and forcing pilots to operate within easy range of hostile guns. During the battle, Major Fisher observed a fellow airman crash-land on the damaged airstrip. He believed the downed pilot was seriously injured and faced capture. Although aware of extreme danger and likely failure, he landed, taxied the length of the runway littered with battle debris, and effected the rescue. Still facing withering ground fire, he applied power and barely achieved take-off in his badly damaged aircraft.

Major Fisher was the first person to received the newly designed Air Force Medal of Honor. Before joining the U.S. Air Force, Bernard Fisher served in the Idaho National Guard. He earned the Silver Star in an air mission on the day before his Medal of Honor action.

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