evacuation report information
for 38 ARRS DET 11

For date 690218

38 ARRS DET 11 was a US Air Force unit
Primary service involved, US Air Force
Phu Yen Province, II Corps, South Vietnam
Location, Tuy Hoa
Description: Sgt. Michael E. Fish, a pararescueman from Detachment 11, 38th ARR Squadron, won the Air Force Cross as the result of a rescue mission following the crash of an Army UH-1 in a hostile area about 25 miles southwest of Tuy Hoa, AB, Vietnam. Five persons were reported trapped inside the aircraft wreckage. The HH-43 aircrew reached the scene and lowered Sergeant Fish and a firefighter to the ground. Despite sporadic enemy fire, three of the trapped survivors were quickly freed and hoisted aboard the HH-43. Another survivor and a deceased soldier were picked up by an Army UH-1. One injured man remained trapped, and Sergeant Fish remained with him overnight following the departure of the rescue task force. Early on 19 February the task force returned, encountering small arms fire. The trapped survivor was freed and evacuated from the area. The pilot of the HH-43, CPT Daniel A. Nicholson, was later awarded the annual Helicopter Heroism Award in 1970.
Comments: CPT Nicholson, Daniel A.; pilot; ; SGT Fish, Michael E.; pararescueman; ;

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