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Beyond the Call of Duty: The Story of an American Hero in Vietnam

Beyond the Call of Duty: The Story of an American Hero in Vietnam

by Bernard Fisher, Jerry Borrowman
     
 

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

Overview


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. 

Editorial Reviews

Lt. Col. Ted M. Demars

"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
Jon Lucas

"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 the 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
John Bytheway

"I love airplanes and I love airplane stories, but this book is about more than airplanes. After finishing Beyond the Call of Duty I have a new hero. Bernie Fisher's daring mission under fire in Vietnam had me on the edge of my seat."—John Bytheway, best-selling author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609089146
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date:
02/06/2012
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

Read an Excerpt

I’ll never forget my first solo flight. My assigned instructor spent a few hours observing me flying touch-and-go patterns, then allowed me to land the aircraft by myself. Tapping me on the on the shoulder, he asked, “Do you think you can fly by yourself?”

“You bet!” I shot back confidently, although I wasn’t nearly so sure on the inside.

“Okay, let me get out and you take it up.”

With that, he strapped his parachute into the backseat and crawled out of the Texan. “Take it up, shoot three touch-and-go’s, and then bring it back down.”

I was scared but also thrilled. This was the moment I’d been waiting for. I made a good, clean takeoff and circled out high over the airfield, just as I’d done on the earlier flight. I slowly banked the aircraft into an approach toward the runway and lowered the flaps to slow my airspeed to begin my descent. The airplane responded beautifully, and I executed a perfect approach to the runway. Just when the wheels touched the ground, I pushed the throttle ahead for full acceleration, and the aircraft leaped off the ground like an eager steeplechase horse launching into a jump. Before I knew it, I was back up in the air, circling the airfield and preparing for the second approach. Everything went just as planned—every bit as good as when my instructor was with me. On the third approach, I let the aircraft settle in for a good solid landing. I could hardly suppress a grin as I taxied off the runway and onto the tarmac, where I shut the engine down at the preassigned spot. I went over and saluted my instructor, who said, “Congratulations, Fisher, you’re a solo pilot!”

Believe me, nothing in the world could have sounded quite as good to my ears. I’d made it past one of the major hurdles of flight school.

Meet the Author


Jerry Borrowman is an award-winning author of historical fiction and coauthored biography.

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