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James Phillip Fleming

Jim Fleming, Medal of Honor Recipient


U.S. Air Force
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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First Lieutenant James Fleming was aircraft commander of a UH-1F transport helicopter near Duc Co, Vietnam. On November 26, 1968 he unhesitatingly flew to the aid of a six-man Special Forces long range reconnaissance patrol in danger of being overrun by a large, heavily armed hostile force. Lieutenant Fleming descended twice in his lightly armed helicopter through a barrage of enemy fire to rescue the beleaguered patrol. Each time, he had to balance his helicopter on the bank of a river with its tail boom hanging over the open water. With complete disregard for his safety and life, he remained in this exposed position, with bullets smashing through his windscreen, until the entire patrol could board his helicopter.

James Fleming graduated from Moses Lake (WA) High School, alma matter of fellow Medal of Honor recipient Joe Ronnie Hooper, making that school one of the few in history to claim two Medal of Honor recipients.

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