Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ed Freeman

I don't normally blog about stuff other than about Denise and 9-1-1. I also don't usually forward "chain" mass emails or whatever it is they are called. So, this post may seem a bit off topic and a little out of character but I feel compelled to write about it anyway. My younger brother, a sergeant in the Army and who has served over in Iraq on several occasions, sent this to me about "Ed Freeman". I've never heard of him. And that seems sad. Because I love history and I love reading about heroes. I love reading about the men and women behind the scenes that "step up" and take action just when all hope is lost. There are so many good people on this earth.

There was another article about Denise's alleged murderer today in the paper. Ugh! It's been a difficult time the closer we're getting to the trial. I feel sicker and sicker and can't get Denise out of my mind and what she went through. I try but it's difficult. Too much time on my hands I guess. If my hours at work hadn't been cut back so drastically because of the economy and my dysfunction, maybe I'd be working today instead of thinking about all this.

Anyhow, thank you, Danny, for sending this to me. It's warms my heart knowing there is true goodness out there. I know there is, sometimes I just need to be reminded.

Ed Freeman

You're a 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 Medi-Vac 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 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, March 25th, 2009 at the age of 80, in Boise, ID.May God rest his soul......

Medal of Honor Winner

Ed Freeman