Sunday, July 19, 2009

CMH Awardee Ed Freeman

Facts confirmed by my friend Jennifer Hoyer, but the author is anonymous.

11-14-65. A 19 yr old, critically wounded, dying in the jungle in La Drang Valley, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . The unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and enemy fire so heavy that the C.O. ordered Medevac helicopters away. Lying there listening to enemy guns he knew he wasn’t getting out. His family was 12,000 miles away, and he’d never see them again. His world started to fade out and he knew this was the day. Then over the noise of battle, he faintly heard a helo and he opened his eyes to see an UNARMED Huey with no Medevac markings on it land nearby. A guardian angel had come for him. Ed Freeman wasn’t Medevac, so when the Medevacs were ordered not to come he flew his Huey into hot LZ’s to ferry out wounded. It wasn’t his job, but he did it anyway. He sat there in the machine gun fire as they loaded that young man and 3 others on board, then he flew up and out through the gunfire, to the forward medical units, and he kept going back - 13 more times. That day alone Ed took about 30 wounded out who never would have gotten out otherwise.

Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday (07-01-09) at the age of 80 in Boise, Idaho. God bless him.

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