Published May 18, 2015
Chief Master Sergeant Richard Etchberger: Belated Medal of Honor. (U.S. Air Force photo).
CMSgt Richard Etchberger in 1968 -- photo not taken at LS 85. (U.S. Air Force photo).
CMSgt Etchberger’s wife, Katherine, received his posthumous Air Force Cross from U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen John McConnell at a private ceremony in the Pentagon in 1969. Sworn to secrecy, she could not even tell her sons what had happened. His Air Force Cross did not become public until 1998. (U.S. Air Force photo).
In 2010, Etchberger’s valor and sacrifice were fully recognized with the Medal of Honor. Pictured is President Barack Obama presenting the Medal of Honor to Etchberger’s sons, (l to r) Steve Wilson, Cory Etchberger, and Richard Etchberger, at the White House in September 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo).
DAYTON, Ohio -- Cory Etchberger, a son of CMSgt. Richard Etchberger, visited the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on November 15, 2017. His father saved the lives of others by sacrificing his own at LS 85 in 1968. After the declassification of LS 85 and a reevaluation of his actions, Etchberger was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
Please note Springfield Street, the road that leads to the museum’s entrance, is undergoing construction through the beginning of September. Expect lane reductions and some delays. Please follow the signs and instructions provided by the road crews.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)