November 11, 1965.
LZ X-ray , Vietnam.
You’re a 19 year old kid.
You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the IaDrang Valley.
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 unarmed 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 anyway. Even after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come… He’s coming anyway!
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!!! More than 21 times with supplies and rescuing soldiers each time!
That day, Ed Freeman rescued about 70 soldiers who otherwise would never have gotten out alive.
WOW. Talk about a real American Hero!
Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died in Feb 2010 at the age of 80, in Boise , Idaho .
May God Rest His Soul. We honor you, and you will be remembered!
If you are reading this and personally know a Veteran, please forward me their name and phone number, I would love to call them today and say, “Thank You”.
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