First Lieutenant James Phillip Fleming Historical

First Lieutenant James Phillip Fleming Historical (HM1VT2)

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

N 30° 24.916', W 86° 42.002'

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20th Special Operations Squadron

First Lieutenant Fleming was the aircraft commander of a UH-1F transport helicopter near Duc Co in the Republic of Vietnam's central highlands, 26 November 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 open water. With complete disregard for his own safety and life, he remained in this exposed position, with bullets smashing through his windscreen, until the entire patrol could board his helicopter. Lieutenant Fleming was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Nixon at a White House ceremony on 14 May 1970.
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HM NumberHM1VT2
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Placed ByThe Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, November 20th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 528809 N 3364839
Decimal Degrees30.41526667, -86.70003333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 24.916', W 86° 42.002'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 24' 54.96" N, 86° 42' 0.12" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 315 Independence Rd, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, US
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