This Day in History: Thomas R. Norris brings two downed airmen home

On this day in 1972, a Navy SEAL begins a multi-day rescue that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Two U.S. Air Force airmen had been shot down behind enemy lines! Making matters worse, one of the downed airmen knew critical information about U.S. capabilities. It was Thomas R. Norris’s job to make […]

This Day in History: Joe M. Jackson & his Medal of Honor in Vietnam

On this day in 1923, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born in Georgia. Air Force Lt. Colonel Joe M. Jackson wasn’t supposed to be operating a C-123 cargo plane like it was a fighter jet, diving in to make quick rescues. Yet that’s exactly what he did. Jackson began his military service in the […]

This Day in History: Major Bernard Fisher saves a fellow pilot

On this day in 1966, an Air Force pilot puts his life on the line for his comrade-in-arms, another pilot who had been downed during a mission. Rescue helicopters were still half an hour away! Bernard Fisher knew what he had to do. He landed his plane on a jungle runway, in the midst of […]

This Day in History: “Pardo’s Push” saves a pilot in Vietnam

On this day in 1967, a United States Air Force pilot risks his life to save his wingman. Captain John R. “Bob” Pardo would try an untested maneuver, using the windshield on his F-4 Phantom to push another plane to safety. The technique would come to be known as “Pardo’s Push.” Pardo and his wingman, […]

This Day in History: John Levitow & his Medal of Honor

On this day in 1969, Airman First Class John Levitow becomes the lowest ranking Air Force member ever to earn a Medal of Honor. He was promptly promoted to Sergeant. Levitow was then serving aboard a Douglas AC-47, Spooky 71, as that aircraft patrolled the skies near Saigon. He was loadmaster, which meant that one […]