You my sir are correct. You have warranted me to further investigate this further. It looks like we have been duped by the public who felt that his passing needed to be honored and noted in light of some past Hollywood drama BS that seems to be more important to the inquiring public then this heroes passing. Ed actually passed away August 21, 2008. This is what I found on Scopes.com.
snopes.com: Ed Freeman
I apologize for not researching this matter before posting, I thought it was a reliable source, especially being listed on a reputable military based forum. I still honor the man and his life saving heroics, and indeed, he has not been forgotten, as you can plainly see.