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Joe R. Fulghum

Joe R. Fulghum died in Bien Hoa Province (III Corps) South Vietnam on February 2, 1967 while performing a rescue and recovery mission in a UH-1D for the 283rd Medical Detachment. On a volunteer mission to extract wounded from a very hot landing zone, Fulghum's aircraft was flying at approximately 800 feet when it took five rounds of small arms fire to the main rotor and engine area and crashed. The Army had only recently awarded Fulghum the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying his helicopter into fierce fighting five times to retrieve over thirty-seven wounded American soldiers near Lai Khe.

 

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