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      By Rivanthe5th · Posted
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      On this day in 1968, two days before Thanksgiving, Lieutenant James Fleming wasn’t home with family. He wasn’t basting a turkey or planning a Black Friday shopping trip. He was deployed to Ban Me Thuot in the Republic of Vietnam, serving as a UH-1F aircraft commander assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron. While most of his […] The post Lieutenant James P. Fleming: a Thanksgiving Reminder of What We’re All About appeared first on John Q. Public. View the full article