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Fisher, David


Rank/Branch: E1/SAS #2787344
Unit: J Troop, Special Air Service
Date of Birth: (23 at time of loss)
Home City of Record: Australia
Date of Loss: 27 September 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: YS633957 (Nui May Toa's, NE of Phuoc Tuy Province)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

NOTE: Australians use the abbreviation PTE for Private, for someone with "no rank". PVT/PFC is a U.S. designation.


 Fisher was a member of J troop in the Australian Special Air Service (SAS), a
service unit similar to the U.S. Army Special Forces. On September 27, 1969, J troop engaged and killed five Viet Cong. As the patrol withdrew they encountered about 30 of the enemy, and requested an emergency extraction.
The rescue helicopter dropped ropes through the trees to lift the troops to safety. Fisher and the rest of the unit were lifted out on theropes, but Fisher lost his grip and fell from an altitude of about 30 meters.
Search teams tried to locate Fisher but were unsuccessful. They were uncertain if he could have survived, but felt the dense jungle foliage might have cushioned his fall. There were also a number of water-filled craters in
the area and had Fisher been injured and fallen into one of them, he probably would not have survived. Fisher was classified Missing in Action.


Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK with information from Australia's Bob Coker.

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