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

Fisher, Colonel Bernard and Borrowman, Jerry

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ISBN 10: 1590382471 / ISBN 13: 9781590382479
Published by Shadow Mountain, 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Beautiful unread copy in like dust jacket. Warmly inscribed by Jerry Borrowman to Joseph Banks, who collaborated on Borrowman's previous bestseller A Distant Prayer. Also signed and dated by Borrowman in red ink on the half title page. From the dust jacket flaps: 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. 264 pages, with b/w photographs. Bookseller Inventory # 313069

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Title: Beyond the Call of Duty: The Story of an ...

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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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. 

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Providing close air support to ground troops in Vietnam was hazardous anytime, but on March 10, 1066, 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 get him out.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson later described the operation: "Hostile troops had positioned themselves between the airstrip and the camp. Other hostile troops had surrounded the camp and were continuously raking it with automatic weapons fire from the surrounding hills...In the belief that the downed pilot was seriously injured and in imminent danger of capture, Major Fisher announced his intention to land on the airstrip to effect a rescue. Although aware of the extreme danger and likely failure of such an attempt, he elected to continue.

"Directing his own air cover, he landed his aircraft in the face of withering ground fire and taxied almost the full length of the runway, which was littered with battle debris and parts of an exploded aircraft. Major Fisher’s profound concern for his fellow airman and at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the United States Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself – the Armed Forces of his country."

Bernie’s decision made him just one of sixteen members in the history of the Air Force to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. Now, in Beyond the Call of Duty, the full story o this remarkable childhood, family life, and military career is finally told.

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