|Birth: ||Dec. 19, 1945|
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 1968, Vietnam|
In Memory of….. Sgt Louis Harold Fischer .
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!
LOUIS HAROLD FISCHER - Air Force - SGT - E4
Date of Birth Dec 19, 1945
From: WOOD HAVEN, NY
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Henry L. Fischer and Mother, Viola M. Fischer. Sister.
***** Darren Franz - nephew and Godson
***** Ken Barnes - Co-worker and Friend
Thanks, for the Good Times
***** As a prior enlisted Security Forces officer, I'm proud to note that I was the recipient of the Sgt Louis H Fsicher Award as the top graduate of my Security Apprentice Course on 4 Feb 00. This past August I had the honor of finally looking up Sgt Fischer's name on the Vietnam Wall. God bless his soul for his supreme sacrifice. HOOAH!
By: CHRISTIAN D. ORR, 1st Lt, USAF
SGT - E4 - Air Force - Regular
Length of service 2 years
His tour began on Apr 15, 1967
Casualty was on Jan 31, 1968
Service: United States Air Force
Grade at loss: E3
Note: Posthumous Promotion as indicated
ID No: 12737816
MOS: -----: Not Recorded
Length Service: 02
Unit: 377TH SEC POLICE SQDN, 377TH CBT SPT GROUP, 7TH AF
Start Tour: 04/15/1967
Incident Date: 01/31/1968
Casualty Date: 01/31/1968
Age at Loss: 22
Location: Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar
In GIA DINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
ARTILLERY, ROCKET, or MORTAR
Body was recovered
Panel 36E - Line 8
Those lost at Echo Sector were:
Sgt Louis H. Fischer (KIA) Sgt. Louis H. Fischer served in Echo Sector, 377th Security Police Squadron, 377th Combat Support Group, 7th Air Force. His tour began on 15 April 1967.
Sgt Charles E.Hebron (KIA)
Sgt Roger B. Mills (KIA)
Sgt. Alonzo J.Coggins (survived)
On the night of 31 January 1968, Sgt. Fischer was one of five men who manned the O-51 Bunker at Tan Son Nhut AB during the attack by NVA forces They were directly attacked by bangalore type charges and RPG rockets.
The bunker was ultimately overwhelmed by enemy forces.
Fourteen Security Police were killed during the attack on the base.
He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.
The 377th SPS and the Viet Cong (VC) were not strangers. Be
On the morning of January 31, 1968, Bunker O51 (Oh-Five-One) was manned by five Security Police NCOs: Sgt. Louis Fischer led the fire-team of Sgt. William J. Cyr, Sgt. Charles E. Hebron, Sgt. Roger B. Mills, and Sgt Alonzo J. Coggins. Heavily armed, they manned the old French bunker at the west end of the main runway at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.olice NCOs: Sgt. Louis Fischer led the fire-team of Sgt. William J. Cyr, Sgt. Charles E. Hebron.
At about 0320 hours, Bunker O51 was struck by an intensive barrage of mortar, artillery, and rocket fire in preparation for a massive ground assault by 1,500 North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong guerrillas against the giant Air Base.
6 "Three battalions of VC attack the western side of Tan San Nhut Air Base, which housed MACV and Seventh Air Force headquarters. They attack from positions they have occupied since midnight at the Vinatexco Mill, just across Highway #1 from Gate #51. The consolidated VC attack takes place by the 269th VC Battalion attacking from the northwest, the 267th VC Battalion attacking from the southwest and one battalion attacking from the east. They manage to overwhelm the ARVN defensive force and enter the airfield. MACV headquarters guards and members of the US Air Force 377th SPS stall their advance until reinforcements arrive from the 25th Infantry Division in Cu Chi, at 6: 00 a.m. The final enemy soldiers are not driven out until approximately noon." (Staff Duty Log of the 716th MP Battalion) "
Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army Regulars swept down Highway One, blew a hole in the Tan Son Nhut fence and swarmed toward Bunker O51. The main thrust of the attack had begun at the western perimeter, with 600 enemy dedicated to the defeat and overrunning of Bunker O51.
The NVA knew Bunker O51 was primary to Security Police defensive strategy at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. Therefore, Bunker O51 was a major objective in the path of victory: neutralizing air power over Saigon, and an all-out attempt to destroy U.S. Forces and establish a Communist government in South Vietnam. Attacking NVA forces were to capture the U.S. Forces Headquarters located at the base, and assist with the capture of Saigon.
The North Vietnamese attacked the bunker in full force. Records of taped radio transmissions recorded the twenty-four minutes Bunker O51's defenders fought against such overwhelming odds. Communist forces closed with and enveloped Bunker O51. Machine gun fire from Bunker O51, flanking positions from SP Towers, and repeated strafing runs by AC-47 and Cobra helicopter gunships failed to blunt the enemy's forward progress.
The number of enemy dead around Bunker O51 gave evidence to the violent struggle taking place. Enemy soldiers had advanced over the bodies of more than a hundred of their comrades, killed in the first wave assault against Bunker O51. Although mortally wounded, Sgt. Fischer continued to fight after all of his team members were apparently either dead or dying. He knew the importance of giving time to the blocking force to halt the advance of the North Vietnamese forces. After running out of ammunition, Sgt. Fischer still communicated to the end, indicating enemy positions and losses, which eventually allowed the blocking forces to push the enemy off the base.
NVA soldiers reached the walls of the bunker, sprayed the inside with AK-47 automatic fire. One by one the Security Policemen's guns fell silent ... and with a final radio transmission ... they were gone. The Security Policemen in O51 Bunker fought to their death --to the last man-- after taking 20 direct rocket hits from the main attack thrust. [Four were KIA, a fifth was WIA and so badly wounded he was left for dead during the battle by the NVA]
The NVA's first objective was achieved by finally taking over O51 Bunker. But Air Force Security Police were responding and laying down ever increasing heavy fire.
Although Sgt. Louis H. Fischer was killed in action at the age of 19, and while leading the key defensive position at Bunker O51, his fire-team of USAF Security Policemen had stopped the enemy's advance cold for twenty-four precious minutes. Denying enemy forces access to Tan Son Nhut Air Base for those crucial minutes would later prove decisive to base defense. But at that moment, the NVA's plan and timetable were not in jeopardy.
Sgt Coggins' four comrades were dead--killed in action defending the Air Base.*(2) The badly wounded Sgt. Coggins lay among their bodies, spent shells, scurrying enemy, concrete chip dust, heat, shouting Vietnamese, and the continuing hell of battle. Severely wounded, and often unconscious, Sgt Coggins did not present a threat to the NVA and VC that had overrun the bunker. He was obviously critically wounded and not worth shooting, as they continued desperately fighting to hold the bunker and resume forward motion.
Sgt Coggins continued to survive for the next eight hours while U.S. and ARVN forces attempted to retake the bunker. Believing Coggins and all Security Police defenders of the bunker were dead, U.S. Forces approved heavy weapons use to retake O51 Bunker. Sgt Coggins endured repeated 105 and 155 mm artillery barrages, air strikes, and another ground assault by Security Police and U.S. Army main-battle tanks. At around 1100 hours, Sgt Coggins was either released, or escaped, from the bunker, during the confusion of a partial enemy withdrawal. He found his way back into friendly lines, when spotted by a Tower Security Police (Tango-4) who had survived the attack.
At 1300 hours, January 31, 1968, Tan Son Nhut Air Base was once again secure. 962 enemy soldiers lay dead.
For the next few days four enemy soldiers would be captured and placed with NVA/VC POWs. Others would be killed fighting as they were discovered as Security Police cleared the base and fields.
The 377th SPS, and five brave Security Policemen, were etched in the history of the Security Police.
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