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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island

    R E S P E C T

    You're a 19 year old kid. You are critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam . It's November 11, 1967. LZ (landin...g 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. 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 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 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 and his Huey. Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Air Force, died last Wednesday at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho. May God Bless and Rest His Soul.

    I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, We’ve heard plenty about murders, Health Care, Border security etc. BUT NOTHING ABOUT THE PASSING OF Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman. Shame on the media !!! Now... YOU pass this along. Honor this real Hero. Please

    Captain Ed Freeman didn't die last Wednesday he is one of so many Hero's that we need to remember & that is the reason for this post.
    Last edited by Bart Leetch; 06-08-2016 at 03:21 PM.
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Parker County, Texas
    Nothing wrong with remembering our heroes, that is for sure. I had to think back on him as I did remember something about it as I was in Nam myself. Not nitpicking, you Bart. But, when he performed his acts of valor, he was in the US Army. During WWII, he was in the Navy. He was Army from the Korean War until he retired. Also, there was a major involved with him on his evacs. Still, a great man who passed in 2008.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    With you on this Bart. Its back to my point, too many have it too easy and are not even connected to what it takes to allow that safe life.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    I have heard that story before. Still a gut grabber to read again.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire


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