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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Ed Freeman

True story, but Missing from the news.

You're a 19 year old kid, critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ Xray, Vietnam. Your Infantry unit is outnumbered 8 to 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem unreal, because there are no Medi-Vac markings on it...

Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were told not to come. He's coming anyway.

And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the waiting doctors and nurses.
And he kept coming back...13 more times...And took over 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor recipient Ed Freeman died in Boise, Idaho on Sep 26th, 2008 at the age of 80.
Oh yeah, Paul Newman died that day too.

But I guess you knew that. He got a lot more press than Ed Freeman. This tells a lot about who our heroes are...

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1 comment:

Dave said...

Love your site, but this is slightly wrong.

Wikipedia has Freeman's death as August 20, 2008, not September 26th.

Those that died on August 20th (again, from Wikipedia):
- Hua Guofeng, chairman of the Chinese Communist Party (fitting)
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician
- Gene Upshaw, American football player.