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.

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U.S. Air Force/Military.com

Editor’s Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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Associated Press photo by Henri Huet

Perhaps the most telling thing about “Courage in Combat” lies in the upcoming book’s dedication:

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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.

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Photo by Senior Airman Christopher Callaway

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.

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