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.
On Nov. 26, 1968, 24-year-old Lt. JamesP. 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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