James P. Fleming
U.S. Air Force
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action, at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, First Lieutenant Fleming distinguished himself as the Aircraft Commander of a UH-1F transport helicopter. First Lieutenant Fleming went to the aid of a six-man Special Forces long-range reconnaissance patrol that was in danger of being overrun by a large, heavily armed hostile force. Despite the knowledge that one helicopter had been downed by intense hostile fire, First Lieutenant Fleming descended, and balanced his helicopter on a river bank with tail boom hanging over open water. The patrol could not penetrate to the landing site and he was forced to withdraw. Dangerously low on fuel, First Lieutenant Fleming repeated his original landing maneuver. Disregarding his own safety, remained in this exposed position. Hostile fire crashed through his windscreen as the patrol boarded his helicopter. First Lieutenant Fleming made a successful take-off through a barrage of hostile fire and recovered safely at a forward base. First Lieutenant Fleming’s profound concern fir his fellow men, and at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force, and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.