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First Recipient of Air Force-Designed Medal of Honor Dies Col. Bernard Fisher, the first person awarded the Air Force-designed Medal of Honor, died Aug. 16 in Idaho at the age of 87, reported the Idaho Press-Tribune. President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded Fisher the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest honor for valor in combat, on Jan. 19, 1967 for "personal action above and beyond the call of duty" in South Vietnam, according to an Air Force fact sheet. In 1966, then-major Fisher, who was assigned to the 1st Air Commando Squadron at Pleiku, South Vietnam, risked his life to save his wingman after he was shot down during the battle of A Shau Valley, a narrow strip below the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam. "Fisher landed his Douglas A-1E Skyraider on an airfield controlled by the enemy under the most intense ground fire, pulled the downed pilot aboard his aircraft, and successfully escaped despite several bullets striking the plane," states the fact sheet. Fisher, who started his military career in the Navy, spent time in the Idaho Air National Guard before he received his Air Force commission in June 1951. In addition to the hundreds of close air support missions flown in his A-1E in Vietnam, Fisher also flew the F-80, F-86, and the F-101 throughout his career. He retired from the Air Force in 1974. He also is the recipient of the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star Medal, among others. (Air Combat Command Aug. 19 release)
A MEMORY OF COLONEL FISHER BY RON CHROMULAK I knew Bernie well, I was the Life Support Guy at the 1st ACS when Bernie landed on that tiny strip and pulled "Jump" Myers in to that little cockpit. When Bernie got back to the squadron, he acted like it was no big deal.......What a great guy he was, when we lost him, we lost an ORIGINAL Pleiku hero. He was a patriot, a gentleman and the kind of American we should all strive to be, But now God has him in that big fighter Squadron in the sky, and I'm sure he is looking after all of us. May God Bless and keep Col. Bernie Fisher in his care. S. Ron Chromulak, Tsgt USAF Ret
REUNION 2014 - CHARLESTON, SC September 3 - 7, 2014 The 2014 Reunion is history and the planning for the 2015 Pleiku Air Base Association Reunion is underway. If you have photos from the 2014 Reunion and want to share please send them to pleiku-lpa@sbcglobal.net
Old Fashion Pleiku Air Base Association Glass $5 each plus postage To order send your check to to Pleiku Air Base Association P.O. Box 552 St. Clairsville, OH 43950-0552 1st ACS PATCH WANTED I was assigned to the 1st Air commando Squadron in base operations from June 1967 until December 1967 and was injured and sent home. I have been looking for a 1st Air Commando Squadron patch for all these years. I am happy I found you on the internet. Walter Van Houten, T/SGT USAF. Can anyone help TSGT Houten with his search?
Just want to let you know that I have been asked to chair the Monessen Veterans Council , 
the big task at hand is preparing for the Mon Valley Veterans Day Parade and Celebration 
that we are hosting. The daylong event is November 8, 2014 and will be held in the city of 
Monessen, Pa., approximately 25 miles due south of Pittsburgh, Pa. and 1 mile off interstate 70. 
this will be the 70th Annual Mon Valley veterans Day Parade and Celebration. We have invited 
nearly 60 veterans units, 12 high school bands from the area, some ROTC and Jr ROTC units 
as well as other Military and civilian groups and organizations and antique Military vehicle clubs to attend. 
This event is rotated yearly through five communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania, they are, 
Washington, Pa., Monessen, Pa., Charleroi, Pa, Donora, Pa. and Monongahela, Pa. This year 
my community of Monessen has the privilege of hosting this great observance and recognition 
of all veterans this year.
This celebration is a big thing for our area and I would like to invite any members who would like
to make the trip to come and join us and be in the parade if you like. If some of you have restored 
or any military vehicles or would like to get together and put together a float or some type of display 
vehicle to be in the parade, you would be most welcome. If you are interested in participating, 
please contact me at the following.

S. Ron Chromulak, Tsgt USAF, Ret
Chairman, Monessen Veterans Council
354 Balazia Ave
Monessen, Pa.  15062-2448
724-314-3188 Home Phone
412-515-7247 Cell Phone

Several new items under the Locate page have been posted. Please check it our and perhaps you can assist a fellow Pleiku Veteran. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The August 2014 issue of the Pleiku Air Base Association newsletter, The Highland Air Times, has been mailed. The next edition will be mailed in November. If you have an item for the next newsletter send it to: pleiku-lpa@sbcglobal.net Only dues paying members will receive a copy.
2015 Membership Dues Note that the Dues are now $25
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