James Fleming was an Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War, and received the Medal of Honor for rescuing six of his fellow soldiers when they were stranded amongst enemy soldiers. In this video, Fleming recalls November 26, 1968, the day that earned him his Medal of Honor, saying: “These guys down there have seen one helicopter crash, one of them leave trailing smoke, other helicopter’s leaving. I’m the only one here. Get me low, way out. Throw me in there. I bet ya I can sneak in there and get them.”
Fleming was presented the Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon at the White House on May 14, 1970.