CMSgt. Richard L. Etchberger will posthumously receive the nation's highest military tribute, the Medal of Honor, from President Obama on Sept. 21, 2010, the White House announced, Sept. 3, 2010. The President will recognize the conspicuous gallantry that Etchberger, shown here, displayed in combat on March 11, 1968, when North Vietnamese soldiers overran Lima Site 85, a clandestine Air Force radar facility in the Laotian mountains. During the desperate battle, Etchberger, a ground radar superintendent, kept the enemy troops at bay with an M-16. His courageous action allowed seven of the 19 Americans there to be rescued, but Etchberger was mortally wounded as he boarded the rescue helicopter.
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