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Entry #: 209

Entry Date: 2010-09-21 09:28:38

Name: Mike
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments: Cory, Congratulations, I wish I could be there. I think about the work we did to get this ball rolling and I do not think in the six years I worked for Earl I did anything more important. Your dad was a great man. I am very happy this day has finally come.

Mike Jenkins
Department of Veterans Affairs
fargo, ND

Entry #: 208

Entry Date: 2010-09-21 08:22:28

Name: John
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments: Just read on the net that Chief Master Sgt Dick Etchberger was awarded the Medal of Honor 42 years after the fact for actions taken at Lima Site 85. Unfortunately his wife passed away in 94, however his sons were able to receive the Medal of Honor for their father. I hope this brings some peace to the familys after all these years. As a veteran of Vietnam I salute Chief Master Sgt Etchberger for his ultimate sacrifice.

Entry #: 207

Entry Date: 2010-09-20 18:35:38

Name: Patrick Kelley
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments: As a current airfield systems technician (formally METNAV career field) I am honored to say I serve in the same career field as these heroes. My prayers and thanks are with all of you. Thank you.

Entry #: 206

Entry Date: 2010-09-12 12:56:59

Name: Gary R Cress, Lt Col USAF (Ret)
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments: Thanks for taking the time to create and maintain this site. So much of what we did in that war has never been told and as time passes and those of us who were there also pass that knowledge will be forever lost. Projects like this help to complete the history of what was heroic and great about the effort. I'm confident that someday our sacrifice as a nation will be better known and the impact we had upon the outcome of the Cold War will be better understood.

Entry #: 205

Entry Date: 2010-09-09 19:58:26

Name: Major Todd Groomes
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments: Thank you for all of your hard work documenting this mission after it was declassified. My father SMSGT Thomas Groomes (USAF ret)was a SSGT assigned to this mission. This site is a sobering reminder of the dangerous missions our military is asked to do--often without acknowledging these missions ever take place to the public at large.

Their sacrifice is appreciated by all of us who serve our country today. We will never forget!

Major Todd "Disney" Groomes

Entry #: 204

Entry Date: 2010-09-09 16:09:30

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Entry #: 203

Entry Date: 2010-09-09 09:32:18

Name: Sgt Maj. O. Roach
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments: Hoo-uh!

Entry #: 202

Entry Date: 2010-09-09 08:38:21

Name: Gregory Vassilious
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments: God Bless you all -

from 485th GEEIA

Entry #: 201

Entry Date: 2010-09-09 02:45:13

Name: Don Wonderss
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments: Excellent and informative site. Tragic loss that shouldn't have. My dad was one of the personnel that was not on the mountain when it was overrun.

Entry #: 200

Entry Date: 2010-09-08 19:12:17

Name: Danny Longworth
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments: I was stationed at NKP Combat Skyspot Call sign Bromo in 1968 then was transferred to Bien Hoa, call sign Macon. Think it was OL 21. Not sure if thats the number, was a long time ago. Nice to see that we were recognized as being there.

Entry #: 199

Entry Date: 2010-09-08 13:10:21

Name: MSgt (Ret) Jay L. Simmons
Site Rating: 10
Visitor Comments: This was a very interesting and heartfelt story of the dedication and courage of USAF personnel. I came across the story of the Medal of Honor presentation for CMSgt Etchberger on the AF website and began some research. I was surprised to find out someone involved in the rescue operation, Col (Ret) Joe Panza was a former commander of mine during a tour in England (RAF Chicksands).

My prayers to the familes of those lost.

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