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COMBAT STORIES FROM Vietnam

Brig Gen Tom Fleming | 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron - Air Force

7:31   |   At some point in Tom Fleming's Vietnam tour, he began doing check rides for new pilots assigned to his FAC squadron. He went for a wild ride when one new guy saw his first anti-aircraft fire. When anyone was shot down, everything else stopped while every effort was made to recover them.

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  • Brig Gen Tom Fleming  |  Cold War  |  Multiple Units  |  9:24

    From the beginning, Tom Fleming wanted to be a fighter pilot. He settled for a tour as a forward air controller in Vietnam and, after that, his quest for fighters continued as he embarked on a lengthy Air Force career. That career took him to Turkey, Germany, many stateside bases and the Pentagon, but it was Hawaii that was most satisfactory.

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