Horace Higley Fleming

HMM-265, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
13 May 1941 - 28 November 1978
Pensacola, Florida
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Naval Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Horace Higley Fleming

14 Apr 2003

May the world know that we have not brought all our men and women home and that they are not forgotten nor will they ever be ... just know Horace you are being thought of and remembered and I will wear your bracelet till you come home. Thank you for being and caring for so many ... Your friend now and forever.


Vikki L. Wells

01 Apr 2006

Rest in Peace my brother,
I wear a bracelet with your name on it.

I wear it proudly and tell your story when I am asked about it.

I will remember.

Semper Fidelis,

William M. Overman
Sundance, Utah

03 Sep 2006

We never met, but I have worn your bracelet for the past 17 years hoping you would make it to your home someday. I know your name and the spelling by heart, and please remember you will never be forgotten.

Lee-Anne Keen

A Note from The Virtual Wall

1st Lt Horace H. Fleming was the pilot of a CH-46A (BuNo 151907) bringing reinforcements into the strongpoint of Ngok Tavak, about five miles distant from the border outpost at Kham Duc. Ngok Tavak had been attacked by elements of the NVA 2nd Regiment in the early morning hours of 10 May 1968, and by the time the two CH-46s arrived the camp was undering heavy rocket, mortar, and infantry attack. As Fleming lifted off, his aircraft was hit by enemy antiaircraft fire, severing a fuel or oil line (different accounts vary) and forcing him to land within the beseiged compound. As a second aircraft, a UH-1 Huey, hovered over the fouled landing pad in order to take on wounded, Fleming and one or two Nung soldiers mounted the skids but were unable to enter the crowded cabin. After the aircraft lifted off Fleming and the Nung(s) fell to their deaths in the NVA-controlled area outside the defensive perimeter.

The Ngok Tavak defenders withdrew to the base camp at Kham Duc, arriving just in time to fight in the unsuccessful defense of that camp. 1st Lt Fleming is one of at least 39 Americans who died during the defeats at Ngok Tavak and Kham Duc, and one of the 32 whose remains have not been repatriated.

The names of the 39 Americans lost are included in the summary account of the
Withdrawal from Kham Duc

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
one who remembers,
Vikki L. Wells

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Apr 2003
Last updated 09/25/2006