On March 11, 1968, on a remote mountain top in Laos called Lima Site 85, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Etchberger singlehandedly repelled a North Vietnamese assault and ultimately gave his life to save his teammates.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Ryan Conroy
On Sept. 21, 2014, Tech. Sgt. Matthew J. Greiner was engaged in an operation in Helmand, Afghanistan, when his team was ambushed by insurgents. Sustaining serious head injuries from a grenade, Greiner continued to provide air support, protecting his team for nearly 40 minutes and neutralizing the enemy threat.
When Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz saw two soldiers fall wounded amid a withering crossfire of enemy bullets and grenades in a courtyard in Kandahar, Afghanistan, he didn’t think twice about exposing himself to rescue them.