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Elizabeth Chuck
Years after hushed-up death, airman's sacrifice recognized

Seviceman Who Died During 1968 Top-Secret Mission Awarded Medal of Honor

They weren't supposed to be there. Then again, neither were their enemies.The family of Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard "Dick" Etchberger will receive a posthumous Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on Tuesday - 42 years after he was killed in a firefight at a secret U.S. military outpost in Laos. The 16 U.S. airmen of the 1st Combat Evaluation Group were stationed atop a 5,600-foot mountain that towered above the Laotian jungle.

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