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02-09-2010 04:48 AM

You’re a 19 year old kid.
You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley.

November 11, 1965.
LZ X-ray , 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.
You look up to see an unarmed 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 anyway.

Even after the Medi-Vacs were ordered 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 doctors and nurses.

And, he kept coming back!! 13 more times!!

He 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 , Idaho .

May God Rest His Soul.

I bet you didn’t hear about this hero’s passing, but we’ve sure seen a whole bunch
about Michael Jackson. . .

Medal of Honor Winner
Ed Freeman

Shame on the American media !!!

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#1 posted 02-09-2010 04:56 AM

!@#$ MJ I never liked him….kudos to this soldier….ppl who should have the medias attention…in canada i believe we only have 2 WW1 veterans left and they are the ones we should be listening to because once theyre gone, WW1 won’t ever be able to be told thruthfully from the heros who witnessed it themselves. just documentrys.

-- M.K.

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#2 posted 02-09-2010 04:57 AM

praise the flag makers n savers

-- M.K.

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#3 posted 02-09-2010 05:03 AM

Kudos to Ed, prayers for his family.

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#4 posted 02-09-2010 05:15 AM

God bless Ed and all the people he saved that day.

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 05:32 AM

It is truly sad that the media is crammed with celebrity news and something like this gets pushed out of the way. I wish I could have learned of Ed while he was alive, he is as you say a true hero that saved lives. Peoples families were brought together and children were born. If it wasn’t for this brave man a lot of lives would not be the same today. May he rest in peace.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#6 posted 02-09-2010 05:41 AM

God bless ed ,
and all those that serve !

our lives also have been saved ,
by men and women like ed .


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 06:46 AM

Actually, Mr. Ed Freeman died at age 80 on August 20, 2008. The remainder of the post is correct.

It is an email post that has been circulating for these last 18 months. That, in and of itself, is a fine tribute for such a fine, courageous gentleman.

Mr. Freeman was depicted in the motion picture “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young” by Greg Kinnard (sp?).

A point that is not mentioned in the post is that it took almost 36 years for the citation finally go through channels and for The Medal to be AWARDED – no citation is ever “won” – in July 2001. During that time, Mr. Freeman never sought the limelight. He continued to live in relative obscurity, largely remembered only by those who saw his brave actions that day. It was during the research for the book of the same title as the movie that this oversight became apparent and the recommendation was regenerated.

Many – though, with the passing of the years, “many” is a relative term – of the Medal of Honor recipients continue to live amongst us in relative anonymity. They do not seek the limelight. With The Medal comes great responsibility and a sense of enormous humility. Before I retired from the Army, I had the great honor to meet two of these heroes who live here in Leavenworth, Ks, COL Rogor Donlon (the first Viet Nam War recipient) and LTC Charles Hagemeister (who was a SP4 when he earned it in Viet Nam), and to meet with these fine gentlemen is to stand humbled in awe by their verypresence.

God bless these heroes as well as the simple and common soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who go in harm’s way and defend our freedom.

Sorry for the long post, but I think it’s important.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 08:32 AM

dangit firehouse, you beat me to it. two other points, one it happened on November 14/15 and in the movie “We were soldiers” he was portrayed by Mark McCracken

neither one of these points diminishes the heroic actions of Ed Freeman.

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 04:20 PM

Sickens me every day to see Americans huddled around the TV watching American Idol (and such crap) while their freedom to do so is maintained by the very brave men and women who are systematically lambasted as baby-killers and Nazis! What ‘free’ nation allows this? Answer: A nation that will not be free for long! “Poor is the nation that has no heroes, but beggard is the nation that has and forgets them.” (Anonymous) Thanks for this post. It’s the most important message of the day! Max

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#10 posted 02-09-2010 04:57 PM

Thanks Firehouse woodworking and Cliffton for your added comments…Blkcherry

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#11 posted 02-10-2010 01:53 PM

My Grandfather was at LZ X-ray and earned his 4th Purpleheart (the first three from Korea 50-52). He was a SFC. My father was part of the Army’s relief of the Marines at the battle for Khe Shan. Neither would talk to any of us about it until…I came home with my first Purpleheart in 94 after the Marines relieved the Army at the Bakarah Market in Mogadushu. That was when I learned not only was my Grandfather wounded there but was also awarded the Silver star for that action. And my father had earned the Bronze Star w/oakleaf for Khe Shan.
Every weekend when I talk to some of my fellow Marines, they will inform me that this one was KIA or that was WIA. After 17 years I still cry like a baby and can never seem to get over it….

“Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know!”

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#12 posted 02-10-2010 02:26 PM

Trust me on this Randy, those tears are the cost of Freedom, what plenty of people go around each day and take for granted. I quest the old I get the more pride I feel. Thanks Randy for your family’s service to this great country, I for one can say enough….BC

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