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.
|Publisher:||Deseret Book Company|
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