Published October 14, 2016
Col. (Ret) Arthur Fiedler knew he wanted to be an aviator in 1930 at the age of seven, when a military family moved in down the block. By the age of 10, Fiedler declared to his parents that one day he would be a fighter pilot. Fiedler enlisted five months after the Japanese Imperial Forces attacked Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. In June 1944, Fiedler arrived in the European theater where he would pilot a P-51 Mustang. He scored six aerial kills before separating from the military in early 1945. The Air Force eventually called Fiedler back into its ranks for the Korean conflict and his service continued into Vietnam. Between 1966 and 1970, Fiedler flew more than 1,000 C-130 sorties over Vietnam before retiring in 1975 as a colonel. During his career, Fiedler was awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster, and the Air Medal with 21 oak leaf clusters.