Posted at 07:47 PM on Friday, September 17, 2010 by dist9
Vietnam Airman to Receive MoH: President Obama is scheduled Sept. 21 to present the Medal of Honor posthumously to the sons of Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. \"Dick\" Etchberger, of Hamburg, PA, who was killed in action in Laos on March 11, 1968, during the battle of Mount Phou Pha Thi, a half-mile-high karst ridge that held a secret radar navigation site to direct aircraft heading deep into North Vietnam. Etchberger risked his life repeatedly during the battle to ensure the safety of his troops. He held off enemy fighters with an M-16 rifle while directing air strikes and air rescue from his radio. He put himself into harm\'s way when rescue helicopters arrived, exposing himself to heavy enemy fire as a decoy, allowing three wounded troops to safely board the hovering helicopter. Etchberger was fatally wounded as he was being raised into a rescue helicopter.