Thursday, November 07, 2013

Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Army

Here is a True Story of a Selfless Brave American Soldier...

"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...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 [UH-1] helicopter 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...

Freedom is not Free, in fact it is the most expensive thing in the entire world.  Often Freedom my be watered with the the most rarefied substance on planet earth.   If Freedom is to flourish and thrive there must be those who are willing, in the face of great adversity, to push forward no matter the cost.  For cowards death comes a thousands times a day, but for brave men...what better way to die then by Fearful odds...



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