A true American Hero

  • grnranger99

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    Oct 29, 2009 7:16 PM GMT
    You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, on 11-14-1965, LZX-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..!! 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 fireanyway. Even after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.

    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 fireanyway. Even after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to
    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..!!

    He 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've sure seen a whole bunch about Michael Jackson, Teddy Kennedy, and Kayne West!!!




    Medal of Honor Recipient
    Ed Freeman.


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    Oct 29, 2009 9:19 PM GMT
    your post intrigued me to google him and read more...incredible story.

    http://www.military.com/news/article/moh-recipient-ed-freeman-dies.html

    "To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world" anonymous
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    Oct 29, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    Yea I remember my dad telling me about this guy when I was a kid. There are lots of men like this in the world. I'm always impressed by them, and admire em.

    I get annoyed and even angry sometimes when I hear about these celebrities, politicians included who feel they are more important, and often have their bad behaviors celebrated.

    Having served in the military for 6 years, I've seen so many great men and women and feel lucky to have served with them.

    I think about them all the time, and then I often see a lot of the selfishness, and the "me me me" attitude within Hollywood and just people in general... Its disgusting to me.
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    Oct 29, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    God Bless a true American Hero!
    Many families owe a huge debt of gratitude for retrieving their loved ones from the killing fields of SE Asia.
    You have to wonder and think that true heroes don't do their heroic act for the notoriety or the personal gain...they do it because they have an internal compass that tells them "this is the right and fair thing to do"......Thank you for your service...RIP.
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    Oct 29, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting this. That was definitely a hero. I'm a masculine guy, but stuff like that makes me emotional. The world could use more men like Ed Freeman.

    It is sad that you never hear about people like this in the news. I can't stand all the hype over shit that just...does... not... matter!

    At least with Obama attending the transfer of the fallen men http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/29/dover.bodies/index.html
    it brought a bit of a higher profile awareness to the sacrifices being made every day.

    But how much coverage was there of that in proportion to other news? Soldiers are being killed and disfigured every day serving their country, and you are lucky if you get a quick update on the death toll. People rarely notice, because it's so impersonal, detached. But these guys had families, friends, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, wives, undoubtedly for some even- dare I say- boyfriends back home, who will never see them again. This stuff is for real. And the world hardly notices.

    And a real hero dies, we hear nothing. The next blockbuster superhero movie comes out though.. and you can't get away from it.
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    Oct 30, 2009 12:04 AM GMT
    Thank you for posting this. We need to remember people like Ed Freeman!
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    Oct 30, 2009 1:28 AM GMT


    We salute you, Ed!





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