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Air Museum Dedicates B52 Model

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Today, a ceremony dedicated the refurbished B52 model at the Dakota Territory Air Museum to Chief Master Sergeant Richard Etchberger who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Before his deployment, he worked at the radar station in bismarck, his only domestic station during his enlistment.

On March 11, 1968, He lost his life saving three comrades who had been maintaining and defending a radar installation in Northern Vietnam.

In 2010, Etchberger posthumously became the only Chief and E-9 to ever receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

His son Cory carries a humble pride for his father, and says North Dakota is a special place for their family.

(Cory Etchberger, Son of Medal of Honor Recipient) "North Dakota plays a big part of our family's life. In fact the man who figured out that Dad really did deserve the medal of honor is from North Dakota and of course Congressman Pomeroy is the one who started this whole process for our family. And I can tell you, I'll tell you the same thing I told the President of the United States, the Secretary of the Air Force and the Secretary of Defense; my father would be very proud of this Air Force."

The Dakota Territory Air Museum is open to the public through October 19 Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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