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

5:49   |   Operation Lam Son 719 was a joint operation involving South Vietnamese troops and American air power. The goal was to advance into Laos, where US troops were forbidden to operate, and execute a pre-emptive strike on the enemy who were planning an offensive. It did not go well, as recalled by forward air controller Tom Fleming.

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Cold War
  • 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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