Fallen American Hero, God Bless, No Media Coverage?

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posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:03 AM
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Courage.

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 MedEvac 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 MedEvac markings are on it.

Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.

He's not MedEvac 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 MedEvacs 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 in 2008 at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho ...

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure seen a whole bunch about Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods and the bickering of congress over Health Reform.



Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman

May God Bless and Rest His Soul.

Shame on the American Media! This man is a true American Hero. God Bless
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posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:05 AM
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not real important, but i'd be interested in a link if those are not your words.
great story either way, thanx.



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:08 AM
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reply to post by mileslong54
 
Star and Flag!

Short, sweet and beautiful.

Thank you for posting it, for I wouldn't have known if you didn't. That is the point of your post, of course.

It brought tears to my eyes, he is just one of many.



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:11 AM
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Good god that man is a bad ass!

That is a person that deserves the utmost respect!



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:12 AM
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Originally posted by butcherguy
reply to post by mileslong54
 
Star and Flag!

Short, sweet and beautiful.

Thank you for posting it, for I wouldn't have known if you didn't. That is the point of your post, of course.

It brought tears to my eyes, he is just one of many.



It brought tears to my eyes as well and I had never heard the story so I had to share. He is one of many but I think we need to do more to honor him and all the rest. Thanks
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posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:15 AM
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Hats off at this time, for a generation of hero's. They may all be gone, but they will live now, only in our memories~




posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:46 AM
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Amen....god bless these men. In many organizations such as fire, police, military, your "co workers" end up being your family. Especially overseas all we have is each other. This man is a true hero.



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:47 AM
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in no way do i mean to insult the o.p.
yet, after a quick trip to google, there is much info on this guy.

www.google.com..." target="_blank" class="postlink">go ogle



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:48 AM
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It said the link is down.



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:49 AM
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Originally posted by rubbertramp
in no way do i mean to insult the o.p.
yet, after a quick trip to google, there is much info on this guy.

www.google.com..." target="_blank" class="postlink">go ogle


It's cool, I know there is stuff on the internet about it but I had never heard the story and wanted people to know about this, its these kind of people the news should be going on for days about instead on Anna Nicole Smith in my opinion.



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:52 AM
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I completely agree with you there. Unfortunatly that is the media for you. That's why nobody wants to take them anywhere near combat overseas, they tend to "distort" things.



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:54 AM
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Originally posted by LoverBoy
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It said the link is down.


sorry, don't know why, i'll see if i can fix it.

all i did was punch a term from the op into google.




Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Air Force


snopes and other sites give a bit more of a description about this hero.
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posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:57 AM
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completely agree, your o.p. sparked an interest in the man himself.
many times a hero like this has a history of why he came to be a hero, going beyond what you wrote in the o.p.
thanx again, star and flag, which i truly need to give more of.



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 12:08 PM
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Such lives should be celebrated. Such losses counted.

This memory will be cherished.

He served us all.



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 12:26 PM
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actual citation


FREEMAN, ED W. By direction of the President, under the Joint Resolution of Congress approved 12 July 1862 (amended by act of 3 March 1863, act of 9 July 1918, and act of 25 July 1963), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, is awarded by the Department of the Army in the name of Congress to: CAPTAIN ED W. FREEMAN UNITED STATES ARMY Captain Ed W. Freeman, United States Army, of Boise, Idaho, who distinguished himself by 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). 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 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 because of intense direct enemy fire, Captain Freeman risked his 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, by providing the engaged units with supplies of ammunition critical to their survival, directly affected the battle's outcome. Without them the units would almost surely have gone down, with much greater loss of life. After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area because of intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing lifesaving 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 and extraordinary perseverance 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.


source



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 12:33 PM
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reply to post by rubbertramp
 


Awesome thanks!



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 12:40 PM
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Originally posted by mileslong54
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Awesome thanks!


you're quite welcome.
snopes had a few interesting things to say also.

snopes



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 12:50 PM
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This man was a ww2, korean war, and vietnam vet....wow



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 07:10 PM
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The recognition of his selfless courage and sacrifice is an inspiring story. RIP to a genuine hero.



posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 10:08 PM
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Unfortunately, our media is more interested in numbing the minds of the masses with fake heroes, lies, sensationalism, and propaganda. They don't have time for the real heroes of the world like this man.
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