||CMSgt Richard L. Etchberger
CMSgt Etchberger served as a Radar Technician from 1951-1968 who posthumously received the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Battle of Lima Site 85 in the Vietnam War. In 1967, CMSgt Etchberger was among a group of airmen hand-picked for a classified mission to man secret radar facilities in Laos. In the early morning hours of March 11, 1968, the site came under attack from North Vietnamese soldiers who had scaled the surrounding cliffs. By 3 a.m., Etchberger and six others were the only surviving Americans out of the original 19. Etchberger tended to the wounded and fought off the advancing North Vietnamese troops until a rescue helicopter arrived. He then helped load the wounded onto slings to be lifted into the hovering aircraft before coming aboard himself. As the helicopter headed towards an air base in Thailand, an enemy soldier below unloaded his AK-47 into the underside of the aircraft, fatally wounding Etchberger. The Medal of Honor was formally presented to his three sons by President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House on September 21, 2010.