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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 12:51 p.m. PST

… Vietnam War The Battle Of Lima Site 85.

"There is a remote mountaintop in north-eastern Laos called Phou Phathi, and the locals said it was a place where phi, or spirits, lived. By the end of March 1968 it had claimed a few more souls, and the ghosts of the conflict would linger on in American history.

Strangely for such an important event, the Battle of Lima Site 85 was almost exclusively carried out by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) forces and friendly soldiers from the Kingdom of Laos and the Thai Border Patrol Police.

The very fact that the battle was fought without reinforcement from American armed forces was down to the sensitive diplomatic nature of the outpost, and the fact that the whole installation was meant to remain as secretive as possible…."
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Rogues113 Oct 2017 1:38 p.m. PST

I actually met the sons of a Medal of Honor winner that was lost at the site helping get folks airlifted out. It is a complex story since technically he was not in the US Air Force due to the political nature of being at the site, but was awarded the Medal posthumously after release of the records. even his family didn't know until years later.

Richard Etchberger Air Force Chief Master Sergeant

Exposed himself to enemy fire in order to place his three surviving wounded comrades in rescue slings, permitting them to be airlifted to safety. It took an act of Congress for Etchberger to be reconsidered for this 2010 Medal of Honor, since the existence of Lima Site 85 had to be kept secret in 1968

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2017 12:20 p.m. PST



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