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Captain Ed W. Freeman

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Since his death in 2008, an email has been circulating to honor this courageous man. I received it again today and for that reason I wanted to share it with all of you in case you have not heard of this man. This is what the email says:

In Memory of Ed Freemanh. Medal of Honor Winner.

(by Herobracelets)

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 Medi-Vac 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, 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.

Medal of Honor Winner Ed Freeman died Aug 20 at 80, in Boise, ID.

None of that is Hollywood fiction!

God Bless Ed Freeman.


Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion,

First Cavalry Division (Airmobile)

Place and date: Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam, 14 November 1965

Born: 1928

For more information:

Ed Freeman, Wikipedia

Ed Freeman, Urban Legends

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