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Heroic Vietnam-Era Serviceman Posthumously Awarded Medal of Honor

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An Air Force chief master sergeant killed in action 42 years ago has been awarded the military's prestigious Medal of Honor

This afternoon, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to the family of the late Richard L. "Dick" Etchberger, an Air Force chief master sergeant who was killed in action 42 years ago.

Why the long delay? Etchberger died saving three fellow airman in Laos during a covert Vietnam-era mission. Because of the secrecy surrounding the mission and its actors, Etchberger's heroism has been kept under wraps for more than four decades.

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