Honorio M. Fidel

Posted on March 23, 2010


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Paul Davis was a friend and Comrade of Honorio Fidel. This is how he remembers him:

I served/flew with Honorio for several months up until his death on Aug. 9th, 1967. I was a Gunship pilot with C-1/9 from Jan 67-Dec.67. We were there ( Song Re Valley ) that day when Capt. Thompson’s aircraft was shot down. Honorio was on board as the artillery forward controller & aircraft door gunner. My aircraft was shot down in the same area ( about 500 meters from and less than an hour after Thompsons aircraft went down. I remember Honorio well ( really nice guy ) always willing to lend a hand and never backed away from adversity. He helped us “pilot types” understand how to direct artillery and was a good friend to all. Charles Derick ( another C-1/9 Gunship pilot ) and I had the unpleasant duty of confirming the identity of the four men (Thompson’s crew ) three days after the crash. There were 3 C-1/9 Gunships shot down that day.

Honorio was assigned to Charlie Troop on October 8, 1966 and was Killed in Action on August 9, 1967.

Honorio was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and a set of Army Aviator Wings.

If any family or friend reads this blog, please contact me as I am looking for pictures and personal stories about this brave man.

The following pictures were sent to me by Chris Fidel, Honorio’s son. He fif this with the approval of his mother. Chris was just an infant when Honorio was Killed in Action.