MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER: U.S. Air Force Major Bernard F. Fisher, 40, of Kuma, Idaho, today was presented the Nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, by President Lyndon B. Johnson at a White House ceremony. Major Fisher received the Medal of Honor for his rescue of another Air Force Pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Dafford W. Myers. Myers was forced to land his disabled aircraft on the airfield at A Shau, Vietnam, on March 10, 1966, at the time the post was under attack by about 2,000 Viet Cong. Major Fisher spotted Myers, and disregarding his own safety, landed his own A-1R Skyraider, picked up Myers and took off again. Crewman later found 19 bullet holes in the aircraft. Both pilots returned safely. Fisher is married and is the father of five sons. Major Fisher is the first living U.S. Air Force recipient of the Medal of Honor since World War II. Four Air Force officers received the Nation's highest decoration for valor in Korea but these awards were made posthumously.
Photograph VA061440, No Date, George H. Kelling Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 25 Nov. 2014. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=VA061440>.
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VA061440, George H. Kelling Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University