Ed Freeman Died

Medal of Honor Recipient

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 by DrJBHL | Discussion: Community

My friend Teddybearcholla sent me this email today:
 

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 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, 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 G-d 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."
 
Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman!
 
Shame on the American Media.

Medal of Honor Citation

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

For 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), action against enemy aggressor forces at LZ X-Ray, Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam, on 14 November 1965 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 infantry 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 due to intense direct enemy fire, Captain Freeman risked his own 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 had a direct impact on the battle's outcome by providing the engaged units with timely supplies of ammunition critical to their survival, without which they would almost surely have experienced a much greater loss of life. After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area due to intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing life-saving 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, extraordinary perseverance, and intrepidity 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.

Service: Army                                  

Rank: Captain

 

Remember to say "Thank You" to a Veteran.

 

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WebGizmos
Reply #1 Tuesday, March 31, 2009 6:41 PM

Really sad when we lose a true hero.    Whats even worse is how this government treats our soldiers.

DrJBHL
Reply #2 Tuesday, March 31, 2009 8:55 PM

Bump

narbytrout
Reply #3 Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:13 PM

Really sad when we lose a true hero.

TRUE.  We lost a very brave and courageous man, who was willing to sacrifice himself for his brothers in arms.  It's a miracle he survived.

Whats even worse is how this government treats our soldiers.

FALSE. At the time... it was not our government that treated our soldiers poorly, it was the left wing liberal media and the liberal hippies.  Which by the way, today... is no longer the case.  Learn your history from a realistic point of view.

BoXXi
Reply #4 Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:23 PM

The man has MY respect.

WebGizmos
Reply #5 Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:32 PM

FALSE. At the time... it was not our government that treated our soldiers poorly, it was the left wing liberal media and the liberal hippies. Which by the way, today... is no longer the case. Learn your history from a realistic point of view.

Narby...before you were even born I lived that history...and us "hippies" in no way shape or form treated our troops poorly! To say I take offense when anyone makes these kind of ridiculous claims is an understatement. "Hippies" have not and did not deny or excuse away the things that were done to our troops via chemical weapons or left them to wonder the streets begging for food. During that time we "hippies" cared more than anyone about our troops and wanted them out of a pointless war that was killing them. Learn "your" history. Media does not always tell the truth....being there does. Propaganda should not be taken lightly...and the government does it so well.

ZubaZ
Reply #6 Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:42 PM

There are still many other heroes from many wars still alive.  Go find one.  Let him or her know what you think before they die.

While you're at it, if your parents are still living, give them some credit for either raising you right or not killing you as a youth.

I'd much rather be eulogized while alive so I can thank everyone. 

http://www.vfw.org/

http://www.veterans-uk.info/

etc

DrJBHL
Reply #7 Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:31 PM

Narby...what WG wrote is pretty true...the hippies weren't against the troops, they were against that pointless war. Also, it was more of a counterculture vs. establishment thing.

When I was working in Upstate NY, I had the privilege of meeting a Vet who flew in the first daytime raid on Berlin. But, since Korea, we seem to be comparing the Vets by the 'success' of the wars they fought in. That's a pretty sad commentary. Wars aren't baseball games, and soldiers aren't  teams playing for a 'title'.

I also agree that Governments are skilled at propaganda...

Zu....I understand your preference. I've got one also: I want to be late for my own funeral. 

sydneysiders
Reply #8 Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:50 PM

thanks for bringing this story to light, both of you.....

bet he's having a beer and swapping stories with Simpson right now.....      (second link)

Lest We Forget...

DrJBHL
Reply #9 Tuesday, March 31, 2009 11:17 PM

I'll hoist a brew and a proud thank you to ANZAC Stretchere bearer Simpson. "Greater love hath no man...".

narbytrout
Reply #10 Wednesday, April 1, 2009 3:11 AM

In reply,

To say I take offense when anyone makes these kind of ridiculous claims is an understatement.

I had no intention to get you so angry, I do apologize if I did.

Media does not always tell the truth....being there does. Propaganda should not be taken lightly...and the government does it so well.

The more specific point I was trying to make is... Q: Who gets the propaganda out there?  A: The media

I was short... in the previous post, and did not mean to sound like it was the hippies that were treating soldiers poorly.  But that the liberal media was feeding like wolves on the emotions peace lovers had.

Somebody made HUGE profits fanning the fire of protest.

 

Excalpius
Reply #11 Wednesday, April 1, 2009 3:38 AM

to Ed!

 

Note this WAS widely covered in the MSM, back in 2007 when he passed away.

 

http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/07/11/265756.aspx

 

And it's confirmed true  http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/freeman.asp

 

WebGizmos
Reply #12 Wednesday, April 1, 2009 4:58 AM

I had no intention to get you so angry, I do apologize if I did.

No problem Narby! And no apology needed. It's just that after all these years of hearing people using hippies as an excuse or cause for some problem I would think they'd know better by now. And let me tell you...the government never was and never will be your friend or have your best interests in mind...I'd have to say they go out of their way to keep people dumbed down by way of propoganda...if you tell a lie long enough it becomes truth...and people fall for this more than ever. You see one example of this at every election...they tell you what you want to hear...not what you need to hear.

 

The more specific point I was trying to make is... Q: Who gets the propaganda out there? A: The media

And guess who controls the media? The ultimate spinmeisters...your government!

jazzymjr
Reply #13 Wednesday, April 1, 2009 6:52 AM

Whats even worse is how this government treats our soldiers.

WG, I totally agree with you on that one....especially regarding the Vietnam war.  I personally saw how the govrnment treated a couple of people.  My ex-brother in law was a medic in Vietnam in 1968...he got shot up, losing his left arm...he was just 21.    He was sent home.  No one would hire him for any kind of work...he had to go and live with his mother because he could not afford to even rent a place on his own.  He finally died when he was just 41.

 

My companion fought combat in Vietnam from 1969-1970...he had been in the service for several years before he went to Vietnam.  He was exposed to agent orange.  He came home...the government gave him $900...and sent him on his way.  Through the years, he has developed several health issues.  It was not until last year that the VA decided that the government needs to pay for that.  He now gets all of his medical care 100% free of charge.  Why did it take the government 40 years to decide to take care of our men who fought so hard for us?

DrJBHL
Reply #14 Wednesday, April 1, 2009 7:08 AM

My companion fought combat in Vietnam from 1969-1970...he had been in the service for several years before he went to Vietnam. He was exposed to agent orange. He came home...the government gave him $900...and sent him on his way. Through the years, he has developed several health issues. It was not until last year that the VA decided that the government needs to pay for that. He now gets all of his medical care 100% free of charge. Why did it take the government 40 years to decide to take care of our men who fought so hard for us?

Because in the Gov't.'s eyes they were no more than cannon fodder... while the politicians were feathering their own nests....take a look at their benefits package and look at the average public servant's and then at Vets'. Why do the pol's deserve better than those who risked all? What have the pol's ever risked apart from STD's and Cirrhosis? Remember Dylan's song "Masters of War"?

I believe it is easier to vilify a faceless (anonymous) Vet for the pol's mistakes...takes the heat off themselves by misdirection.

Jazzy, while I can't convey my thanks to your ex-b-i-l in a conventional way, but I did with a prayer. I can't help but wonder if the arm he lost was the only problem/injury he sustained there...and to your companion I raise a toast..."Brothers in arms, we shall not forget...we band of brothers." And I give you my deepest thanks.

 

messiah1
Reply #15 Wednesday, April 1, 2009 7:53 AM

A salute and thank you to Captain Freeman, a man I'd like to have met.  Here's another, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Buckles the last American WW1 Veteran.

hallv5
Reply #16 Wednesday, April 1, 2009 8:30 AM

Shame on the American Media.

A double amen to that sentiment!!!  As a 'Nam era person I can say it was disgraceful how the media 'spun' things back then.  And, even though History has proven their bias and misinformation campaign to the American people, it's no less shameful how they continue to discount the Heroes of that era even to this day...

God bless, Ed Freeman, God bless.  And may choruses of Angels herald you to your reward...

Alternate Setting
Reply #17 Wednesday, April 1, 2009 9:15 AM

Happy to salute in recognition of the passing of a brave man. 

Thuglifejunior
Reply #18 Wednesday, April 1, 2009 9:39 AM

The stories of hero'es has always moved me in such a huge way, its what my whole life was built on, trying to live up to the standards set by the heros of yesteryear, and some of the hero'es of today too......I read alot, I watch a lot of movies, but it is the reading that I love the most, I can get lost in books , literally, the story of Ed Freeman I have read many times, and what a helluva man, to do what he did took such great compassion for his fellow man, and I believe that it is that that moves most of our hero'es into doing what they do, not just the guts of the moment.....When I had my accident, I have been told so many times what a hero I am to have handled the situation so bravely, during the accident and after the accident, so much so that I was bought a dog tag with true grit on it by my family and friends, but what drove me was the fact that what else can you do, you can either lay down and give up or you can just get on with it.....and I think that that is the credence that drives these hero'es to do what they do, they won't give up, they won't just lie down, they get on with it....some are regonised for what they do, and some pass away into obscurity, but as long as we remember, the family members, the friends, the people who were rescued or saved, then our hero'es did not do what they did in vain, they will always be remembered......so Ed Freeman I salute you my friend, may the rest of your spiritual life be full of happiness and peace for the lives you saved on that day, just the fact of those men alone and their family members and friends, you will never, ever be forgotten, thank you Ed Freeman for living your life the way you did, so I could read your story and stories similar to give me the strength to do what I had to do, again  Ed Freeman I salute you................sorry folks for the book, but I have wanted to say this for such a long time, I hope my Dad, the bravest man I know reads this, just to know, that he is my hero, just like Ed Freeman, the man who didn't know how to lie down......thanks Doc

DrJBHL
Reply #19 Wednesday, April 1, 2009 9:46 AM

A special thanks from me to all who posted replies here....

 

DrJBHL
Reply #20 Wednesday, April 1, 2009 11:39 AM

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