Major Bernard Francis Fisher Historical

Major Bernard Francis Fisher Historical (HM1VT5)

Location: Hurlburt Field, FL 32544 Okaloosa County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 24.823', W 86° 42.039'

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1st Air Commando Squadron

Major Fisher was an A-1E pilot at A Shau, South Vietnam on 10 March 1966. The Special Forces camp was 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 the 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 presented the Medal of Honor by President Johnson on 19 March 1967, becoming the first Air Force recipient of honor in Vietnam.
HM NumberHM1VT5
Placed ByThe Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council
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Date Added Sunday, November 20th, 2016 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 528751 N 3364667
Decimal Degrees30.41371667, -86.70065000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 24.823', W 86° 42.039'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 24' 49.38" N, 86° 42' 2.34" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210 Cody Ave, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, US
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