The following is a salute to a fallen veteran of the Vietnam War. In honoring his past exploits and his passing, honor is given at once to all who have worn, are now wearing, and will wear the uniforms of US Military Services. Rest now, Brother. Day is done.
You’re an 19-year-old kid. You’re critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, November 14, 1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam. Your infantry unit is outnumbered eight to one, 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 God rest his soul…Provided by Tim Woods of The Warrior’s Center Semper Vigilantis, Fortis et Paratus de Opresso Libre The Warrior’s Center
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