Hamburg in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Richard L. Etchberger
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Heroes • War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Distinguished Service Cross/Navy Cross/Air Force Cross Recipients, and the Medal of Honor Recipients series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is March 11, 1968.
Location. 40° 33.276′ N, 75° 59.211′ W. Marker is in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Memorial is on State Street (Old U.S. Highway 22) west of North 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in the Hamburg Veterans Memorial Park at this location, along with other war memorials. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hamburg PA 19526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. State Street Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Geiger's Mill (about 600 feet away); Historic Hamburg (about 600 feet away); 4th & Pine circa 1800's (approx. 0.3 miles away); Martin Kaercher Jr. (approx. 0.4 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hawk Mountain SanctuaryFort Lebanon (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hamburg.
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1. Richard Etchberger (Wikipedia). Etchberger was recommended for the Medal of Honor shortly after his death, but the nomination was rejected. The Lima Site mission was still classified at the time, and the U.S. was not supposed to have soldiers in Laos. Etchberger was instead awarded the second highest decoration, the Air Force Cross. It was only after the Lima Site mission had been declassified fourteen years after Etchberger's death that his sons learned their father's true fate. In the early 2000s, veterans of the Air Force's 1st Combat Evaluation Group began requesting that Etchberger's Air Force Cross be upgraded to the Medal of Honor. The upgrade was approved by Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley in 2008, and by the U.S. Congress in 2009, spearheaded by the leadership of U.S. Congressman Tim Holden (D-PA) and the Lao Veterans of America in Washington, D.C. (Submitted on August 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Richard L. Etchberger (Find a Grave). Served as Chief Master Sergeant United States Air Force assigned to the 1043d Radar Evaluation (Submitted on August 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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