Thursday, May 07, 2009

Ed W. Freeman

Ed Freeman, a hero passes
My friend Francois sent me this, leaving a clear impression that Ed Freeman had recently passed.  Some internet sites do leave that impression, but no, he died last August.  Still, his life is worth celebrating.  A wonderful story.  I saw his exploits on the Military Channel awhile back, and he did indeed have the Right Stuff. Thank goodness we have lots of Ed Freeman's out there still. It's also a good idea to clear up the dates, lest some Obama IRS collector fine his estate for failure to file an '09 return next year.
You're an 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, 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 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 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 an un-armed 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 Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise, ID......May God rest his soul.....

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we sure were told a whole bunch about some Hip-Hop Coward beating the crap out of his "girlfriend"


Anonymous said...

I wonder if anyone ever asked Ed Freeman what he found enchanting about flying through 12.5mm fire in an aluminum can with a rotor? I'm sure he was enchanted by the the knowledge that every tracer he saw, had three rounds between.

Anonymous said...

It boggles the mind that a waste of skin like Obama, or Clinton, or Reed, or(fill in the blank) will get to have the same flag covering their casket.

Anonymous said...

What is the badge of Courage?
What makes men fight and die?
What is the badge of courage?
Over which brave men cry.

Its a simple little thing they wear,
But a thing not just anyone cane bear.
You must study and learn,
And work and earn,
The right to the badge of courage.

Its a thousand purple hearts for which their blood is shed,
There stories writ in histories scroll,
In bright bright lines of red,
And its the medal of honor.

What is the badge of courage?
Well, if you don't know now,
I can't tell you.

Thank you Ed for your courage and sacrifice, for your selfless dedication to Freedom, Friends and Duty. You set a strong example for future generations. May your mark be their goal as it was our goal.

Anonymous said...

Today I had the honor to be in the company of veterans of all branch's of service, and all ages, some in thier 90's. The VA is closing our VA "outpost" here in Essex Co. NY. We will now have to travel to Albany NY for treatment. 3 hours for most in good weather. No money for warriors who served with honor. 5 billion for thugs named Acorn. Sad.

Anonymous said...

They say he was an ardent fisherman, but he left a tale of one big school of fish that didn't get away. Robert Swan who passed away last month will be remembered by history as the WWII II naval aviator who helped give the Allies the upper hand in the pivotal battle of Midway. On the night of June 2, 1942, Swan and his crew had a beer with the crew of a B-17. The bomber crew gave him five blue-tipped, exploding 50-caliber bullets and recommended he use them at the next Japanese encounter. The next day, Swan, the eager second-pilot and navigator flew the Navy PBY Catalina on a daylong patrol off Midway. When it came time to return to base, he urged his commander to extend the flight a bit longer to practice shooting with the new blue-tips. Minutes into the extended patrol he and his crew spotted a huge Japanese navy invasion fleet -- headed for Midway. It was Swan who radioed in the report of the discovery and gave the American forces a decisive victory in one of the greatest naval battles in history.


Alear said...

USA!! UAS!! USA!! Mr Freeman of the felicitous name, you are in my prayers. I'm guessing you'd like my turing word: contat

jodi said...

goosebumps here boss.

Anonymous said...

Bless em all!

c.umulus n.imbusi

Anonymous said...

My Dad's version "and just to be funny, we'll all f*#K the Gunny, and throw the tarp over the wall."


Anonymous said...

How could such great men raised a generation of selfish baby boomers that have run America into the ground?

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