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From another website:

 

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.

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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.

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I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure **heard** a

whole bunch* *about Lindsay Lohan, **Dr. Murray, that sicko Sandusky, and

a 72- day sham marriage**.* ****

 

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*Shame on the media !!!*

 

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Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman*

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Now... YOU pass this along. Honor this real hero.* *

 

Please.*****

 

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Thank you Mr. Freeman! Rest in peace.

 

This is how his citation reads. I broke it into sections to make it easier to read but this is it, word for word.

 

CAPTAIN ED W. FREEMAN

UNITED STATES ARMY

 

Captain Ed W. Freeman, United States Army, of Boise, Idaho, who distinguished himself by numerous acts of conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary intrepidity on 14 November 1965 while serving with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).

 

As a flight leader and second in command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, he supported a heavily engaged American infantry battalion at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam. The unit was almost out of ammunition after taking some of the heaviest casualties of the war, fighting off a relentless attack from a highly motivated, heavily armed enemy force.

 

When the infantry commander closed the helicopter landing zone because of intense direct enemy fire, Captain Freeman risked his life by flying his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire time after time, delivering critically needed ammunition, water, and medical supplies to the besieged battalion. His flights, by providing the engaged units with supplies of ammunition critical to their survival, directly affected the battle's outcome.

 

Without them the units would almost surely have gone down, with much greater loss of life. After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area because of intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing lifesaving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously wounded soldiers-some of whom would not have survived had he not acted. All flights were made into a small emergency landing zone within 100 to 200 meters of the defensive perimeter, where heavily committed units were perilously holding off the attacking elements.

 

Captain Freeman's selfless acts of great valor and extraordinary perseverance were far above and beyond the call of duty or mission and set a superb example of leadership and courage for all of his peers. Captain Freeman's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

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"..shame on the media is right."



 



I believe this incident & many other incredible acts of heroism were well detailed in Hal Moore & Joe Galloway's book about the battle of the Ia Drang Valley in "We were Soldiers Once ..and Young".



  ...the first major engagement between U.S. forces & N.Vietnamese which tested the concept of air mobile troops & "vertical envelopement".



The Mel Gibson movie based on the book only covers a small portion of this incredible story.


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With out a doubt Capt Ed was a True Hero, I regret to infrom you all that Capt Ed Passed on in Aug of 2008 ,even so his passing then was not given much print, perhaps it was his wish, he and 29 others knew of feat of which he performed, thats enough. His passing was covered in length in VFW and American Legion magazine's at that time.

 

RIP Capt , Word's as spoken by a WW Il Vet at dedication of WW ll memorial "No man is Dead until he is Completely Forgotten" lest we never forget our fallen Al

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