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Some acts of heroism are kept secret due to the nature of the mission. After time, some of them get declassified. Such is the case with retired Air Force Col. (Dr.) James A. Ruffer’s amazing story.
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Photo: Retired Air Force Col. (Dr.) James Ruffer began his military career as a Marine fighter pilot in Vietnam. After his tour with the Marines, he joined the Navy where he became a flight surgeon. Finally, he joined the Air Force as a doctor. (U.S. Air Force Illustration/Senior Airman Daniel Hughes)

When the Vietnam War began, Retired Air Force Col. (Dr.) James A. Ruffer put aside his medical school dreams for a 26-year military career that spanned three services.
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