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Obama Awards Posthumous Medal Of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - An airman killed during combat in Laos in 1968 is being honored with the nation's highest military award.

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday to Chief Master Sgt. Richard Etchberger. The airman's three sons joined Obama in saluting their father's heroism during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

A native of Hamburg, Pa., Etchberger was an electronics expert without formal combat training when he single-handedly kept the North Vietnamese enemy at bay while helping to evacuate wounded
comrades. Etchberger managed to get three of his wounded comrades into rescue slings but was fatally wounded when he was struck by ground fire as a helicopter lifted him to safety.
      
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