You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the central highlands of Vietnam. 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 will 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 a 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 three of you at the time on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctor's and nurses and safety.
And, he kept coming back!
Thirteen 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
Army, died at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho.
May God bless and rest his soul. bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing. It's a shame that the media couldn't be bothered to honor Captain Ed Freeman.
RIP brother - RIP brother