Jerry Borrowman is an award-winning author of historical fiction and coauthored biography. He and Rudi Wobbe won the prestigious National Award from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge for sharing Rudi's true-life experiences in Three Against Hitler. A number of his books, including A Distant Prayer with Joseph Banks and 'Til the Boys Come Home, are LDS best-sellers. Jerry has been featured in a number of DVD presentations, including Stories from the Life of Orrin Porter Rockwell, as well as in television and radio interviews.
Beyond the Call of Dutyby Jerry Borrowman, Bernard Fisher, Deseret Book Company
Providing close air support to ground troops in Vietnam was hazardous anytime, but on March 10, 1966, the Special Forces in the old French Fortress of Ashau were in particular trouble as the Viet Cong closed in. When an American airman went down, his death was a near certainty. That's when Major Bernie Fisher had a decision to make: leave the pilot to his fate or
Providing close air support to ground troops in Vietnam was hazardous anytime, but on March 10, 1966, the Special Forces in the old French Fortress of Ashau were in particular trouble as the Viet Cong closed in. When an American airman went down, his death was a near certainty. That's when Major Bernie Fisher had a decision to make: leave the pilot to his fate or undertake a near-suicidal landing to help him out. Bernie's decision made him just one of sixteen members in the history of the Air Force to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
"As a former pilot and navigator with 195 combat missions over Vietnam I found Beyond the Call of Duty to be not only fascinating but extremely accurate. This is the kind of book you don't put down, as it so vividly describes the life, the joys, and the heartaches of an Air Force aviator."
--Ted M. Demars, Lt. Col. USAF Retired, Spokane, Washington
"Heroes to me are people who, when things get really bad, they get really good. Bernie went into the rescue without even knowing who [the down pilot] was- he just knew that an aviator was down and burning. His loyalty was to his uniform and to the family- the Air Force family."
--Jon Lucas, A1-E pilot and recipient of the Air Force Silver Star awarded for gallantry in action.
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This was a very compelling story from Bernard Fisher describing his meeting with President Lyndon Johnson to his account of the events that day in the Ashau Valley. It was a thrilling story and there is no question as to his deserving the nation's highest military honor.
Bernie Fisher is one of the greatest men I have ever known. I have always looked up to him. When I found out about the book that was coming out I had to get it! It is a great read about a true hero. Buy this book!!!
Colonel Bernard Fisher, USAF, Retired was the first member of the Air Force to earn the Medal of Honor in Vietnam for an heroic air rescue of a downed pilot in the Ashau Valley. This book tells the story of his entire career, including flying two dead-stick landings of an F-104 Starfighter off Florida. An amazing pilot, a remarkable human being.