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Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Award of Air Force Cross to Michael E. Fish

 
 
Award of Air Force Cross to Michael E. Fish Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
1. Award of Air Force Cross to Michael E. Fish Marker
Inscription.
Citation to Accompany the Award of
The Air Force Cross
to

Michael E. Fish

Sergeant Michael E. Fish distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH-43B helicopter Pararescue Specialist during a rescue operation near Tuy Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, on 18 and 19 February 1969. During this period, with complete disregard for his personal safety, he was voluntarily lowered through intense hostile ground fire to treat and rescue four seriously injured Army UH-1 helicopter crewmembers, whose helicopter had been downed by hostile fire in a remote, mountainous, densely jungled canyon. He elected to remain on the ground overnight, fully realizing that he faced attacks by the hostile forces that completely surrounded him, and for more than fifteen hours, he treated and cared for the pilot, who was trapped inside the wreckage, until he could be freed. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Sergeant Fish reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
 
Erected 2006 by Maxwell-Gunter CLC Class 06-B.
 
Location. 32° 
Wide view of AF Cross memorial plaques. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
2. Wide view of AF Cross memorial plaques.
24.26′ N, 86° 14.972′ W. Marker is in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of McDonald Street and Avenue D. Touch for map. Located at the USAF Senior NCO Academy on Gunter AFB and requires base access. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 McDonald Street, Montgomery AL 36114, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Award of Air Force Cross to Theodore M. Hamlin (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Victor R. Adams (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. King (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Donald G. Smith (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Joel E. Talley (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Thomas A. Newman (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Leroy M. Wright (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Charles L. Schaub (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.
 
Regarding Award of Air Force Cross to Michael E. Fish. On Feb. 18, 1969, Sgt. Michael E. Fish, a 38th ARRS pararescue specialist, was lowered from an HH-43B Huskie through intense hostile ground fire into a dense jungle canyon near Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam.
Michael E. Fish image. Click for full size.
By USAF Photo, March 11, 2016
3. Michael E. Fish
He came to treat and rescue four seriously injured US Army UH-1 helicopter crew members whose aircraft had been downed by enemy fire. Unable to immediately free the pilot from the wreckage, Fish chose to remain on the ground overnight, even though the HH-43 ran low on fuel and had to leave. The rescue chopper refueled and returned but because of darkness and extreme haze could not find the site again. During the next 15 hours, Fish faced attacks by enemy forces but cared for the pilot until the chopper returned at dawn on Feb. 19 and successfully extracted them.
 
Also see . . .  AF Cross Goes to Pararescueman. (Submitted on June 28, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. HeroesWar, Vietnam
 
Enlisted Air Force Cross Description image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
4. Enlisted Air Force Cross Description

The AF Cross is awarded for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy, to any person while serving with the U.S. Air Force, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing enemy force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces, engaged in conflict against an opposing force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. It is awarded for heroic actions second in precedence only to the Medal of Honor and is presented in the name of the President. It was established by Congress by Public Law 88-593 on 6 July 1960.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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