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Old 04-21-2010, 07:56 PM   #1
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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 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 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 Medi-Vac markings are on it.

Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.

He's not Medi-Vac 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 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 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 two years ago, on April 20th 2008 at the age of 70, in Boise , Idaho ...

May God Rest His Soul.

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure seen a whole bunch about Michael Jackson and Tiger Woods.




Medal of Honor Winner
Captain Ed Freeman

Shame on the American media !!!

Now ... YOU pass this along on YOUR mailing list.

Please.



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Old 04-21-2010, 07:59 PM   #2
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"The Right Stuff" there by God. God speed hero!!!



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Excellent post there, Troy.
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God rest his soul. He was a real man and warrior.

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You would have heard about it here though!!

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f12/real-american-hero-dies-not-mention-news-15989/

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f12/god-bless-ed-freeman-14712/

And every time it is posted I am humbled to have walked the planet with this man! A true American Hero!!

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I knew nothing of this man until I read this thread. He was indeed, a true American hero.

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I knew nothing of this man until I read this thread. He was indeed, a true American hero.
I can say the same General. Makes you wonder how man unsung heroes are out there........

God bless him
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That man is the definition of HERO!

RIP Captain Ed Freeman.

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WOW! What a story. For a brief moment after I read the OP I considered using that pic as my avy...before coming to the realization that I simply am not worthy.

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WOW! What a story. For a brief moment after I read the OP I considered using that pic as my avy...before coming to the realization that I simply am not worthy.

Not many people will ever be worthy. HE was a true hero and will always be remembered. Too many people remember April 20th (420) for it's drug affiliation, Hitler's Birthday and the tragic events that took place at Columbine High School in Colorado 13 years ago. With all that negative, it is nice to see someone worthy remembered. Good job Troy.


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