Valor second to none

5/12/1968

Lieutenant Colonel Richard P. Schumann describes in detail the rescue of three Combat Controllers by the pilots of "a slow, un-armed, highly vulnerable transport aircraft." On May 12, 1968, the crew of a C-123 cargo aircraft landed at the Kham Duc Special Forces base in Vietnam on an abandoned airstrip nearly overrun by the enemy, rescued three members of a U.S. Air Force Combat Control Team, and took off while under intense fire that had already brought down eight other aircraft. Lieutenant Colonel Joe Jackson, listed here as the co-pilot of Bookie 771, received a Medal of Honor for this valorous action.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia


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