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Encyclopedia > James P. Fleming

James Phillip Fleming (born March 12, 1943) was a United States Air Force pilot in the Vietnam War. Born in Sedalia, Missouri, he won the Medal of Honor for rescuing a 6-man special forces unit, stranded within heavy enemy positions. He was a First Lieutenant at the time. On November 24, 1968 while he was in the 20th Special Operations Squadron, he landed his Bell UH-1F helicopter after one failed attempt, rescued the troops (under heavy enemy fire), and returned to a forward base.


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James Phillip Fleming - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (357 words)
Fleming retired from the Air Force as a Colonel.
Fleming went to the aid of a 6-man special forces long range reconnaissance patrol that was in danger of being overrun by a large, heavily armed hostile force.
Fleming's profound concern for his fellowmen, and at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
Valor: Bank Shot - August 1984 (787 words)
On Nov. 26, 1968, 24-year-old Lt. James P. Fleming, assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Ban Me Thuot, flew into the annals of Air Force history at the controls of one of those vulnerable, virtually defenseless birds.
While Gonzales fired the last of his ammunition, Fleming descended again into what he described as the "heaviest hostile fire I had ever seen." This time the enemy, knowing exactly where he would be, concentrated their fire on the pickup point.
Fleming knew that the chance of survival for his crew and for the recon team was slim indeed.
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