Captain Ed Freeman

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Captain Ed Freeman

Post by Larry » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:46 pm


You're a 19 year old kid.

You're critically wounded and dying in
the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam .

It's November 11, 1967.
LZ (landing zone) X-ray.

Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac 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.

You look up to see a Huey coming in. But.. It doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.

Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.

He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.

Even after the MedEvacs 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 3 of you at a time on board.

Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.

And, he kept coming back!! 13 more times!!
Until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm.

He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.

Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman,United States Air Force, died last Wednesday at the age of 70, in Boise , Idaho

May God Bless and Rest His Soul.

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure seen a whole bunch about Lindsay Lohan, Tiger Woods and the bickering of congress over Health Reform.

Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman

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Re: Captain Ed Freeman

Post by turner » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:52 pm

That is amazing! You gotta respect and admire the love he showed and the sacrifice he made for those he didn't even know. Great story, may he rest in peace.

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Re: Captain Ed Freeman

Post by Krieghund » Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:31 pm

Thanks for sharing that, Larry. The word "hero" is used far too easily these days, IMHO. And too often those that teach us its true meaning are forgotten once their "15 minutes of fame" is over. It's important to honor and remember them.
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Re: Captain Ed Freeman

Post by robdunbar69 » Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:30 pm

That story,wow now thats going beyond earning your pay,every action carrys a reaction,29lives saved=how many children&grandchildren? theres alot of life in this world because of1day&1man! so hats off for cpt.Ed Freeman, lets not forget this real hero.
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Re: Captain Ed Freeman

Post by ComradeKev » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:55 pm

It's almost true. Go to the following sites for the actual story- it's no less inspiring.

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Re: Captain Ed Freeman

Post by Kaufschtick » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:22 pm

I just ran across this.

Sobering, to say the least.

Never forget.
Young, Rodger W., Private, 148th Infantry, 37th Infantry Division; born Tiffin, Ohio, 28 April 1918; died 31 July 1943, on the island of New Georgia, Solomons, South Pacific, while singlehandedly attacking and destroying an enemy machine-gun pillbox.

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