Sunday, September 28, 2008


Ed Freeman

You're an 18 or 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying
in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965. LZ Xray , Vietnam .

Your Infantry Unit is outnumbered 8 - 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 1/2 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 a Huey, but it doesn't seem
real, because no Medi-Vac markings are 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 ordered not to come. He's coming anyway.

And he drops it in, lands his Huey Helicopter and sits there in the
middle of heavy intense 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 Doctors and Nurses.

And, he kept coming back...... 13 more times..... and took about 30
of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman died last Wednesday at the
age of 80, in Boise , ID ......

Thank You Ed Freeman...for YOUR SERVICE and
May God Rest his Soul...
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