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RIP Ed

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Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman,died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , ID ......May God rest his soul.....

Imagine you're an 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, 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, and you look up to see an un-armed 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, 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..... And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

 

Thanks for your service Ed. You were a hero.

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@ruggbutt, was there a book written about him? I thought Id read all the chopper stories outta nam, and this is one remarkable man, to say the least.

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A true hero Ed "Too Tall" Freeman - Glad him and snake got the MOH eventually

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Freeman

 

 

 

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@ruggbutt, was there a book written about him? I thought Id read all the chopper stories outta nam, and this is one remarkable man, to say the least.

 

Both are immortalised in the film "We Were Soldiers"

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RIP.

 

Read the book and you tend to remember certain individuals. Ed was one.

 

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If there is a special place for heros to go when they pass on, Ed is there.... :salute:

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