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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Major Bernard Francis Fisher

1st Air Commando Squadron

 
 
Major Bernard Francis Fisher Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. Major Bernard Francis Fisher Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 30° 24.823′ N, 86° 42.039′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Oneal Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt
Major Bernard Francis Fisher Marker and A-1E aircraft. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. Major Bernard Francis Fisher Marker and A-1E aircraft.
Marker is the one second from right.
Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III (here, next to this marker); A-1E Skyraider (here, next to this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (a few steps from this marker); MC-130P Combat Shadow (within shouting distance of this marker); HH-3E "Jolly Green Giant" (within shouting distance of this marker); A-26 Counter-Invader (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Ranch Hand Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Kingpin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Bernard Francis Fisher. (Submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Major Bernard F. Fisher, USAF Medal of Honor Mission (skyraider.org). (Submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceHeroesWar, Vietnam
 
Markers and A-1E Skyraider aircraft. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
3. Markers and A-1E Skyraider aircraft.
Major Bernard Francis Fisher with Medal of Honor. image. Click for full size.
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4. Major Bernard Francis Fisher with Medal of Honor.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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