“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 in the LZ (landing zone) X-ray. Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense that from 100 yards away, 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, 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.“
I heard about this heroic story this morning from my boss, who forwarded me the email. I never read forwarded emails however, this one captured me. I read this story with tears in my eyes. I probably wouldn’t have even heard this story otherwise, and now I am sharing it with you.
I bet you didn’t hear about this hero’s passing, but we’ve heard a whole lot about The People’s Choice Award results or the latest updates on the death of Michael Jackson. Of course all that has its place however, I am saying give honor to whom honor is due. I dedicate this posting to Captain Ed Freeman, I give my respect to him and his family.
Thank you to all the soldiers who risk their lives daily. May God protect you and bring you all home safely.