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        01-06-2009, 08:42 PM
    Real heros

    You're an 18 or 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded and dying in the
    Jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam, on 14 November 1965. Your infantry
    Unit is outnumbered 8 - 1, and the enemy fire is so intense that your own
    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 halfway 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 there are no MediVac markings on it.

    Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not MediVac, so it's not his job, but
    He's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the MediVacs 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 recently at the age of 80, in Boise
    , Idaho . May God rest his soul....

    (Oh yeah, Paul Newman died that day too. I guess you knew that -- he got a
    Lot more press than Ed Freeman.)
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        01-06-2009, 08:59 PM
    WOW. I'm a bit ashamed of our media..... Thank You Ed Freeman!!!
        01-06-2009, 09:18 PM
    Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl    
    WOW. I'm a bit ashamed of our media..... Thank You Ed Freeman!!!

    Our media has turned into such a joke! Sheesh!
    Sounds like we ALL owe Ed Freeman (and those like him) a HUGE Attaboy!! Are you one of them he saved RC?
        01-06-2009, 09:26 PM
    NO, it was another 5 yrs. Before I was there (1970-1971)
    I have two older cousins that were there during the tet offensive in 68
        01-06-2009, 09:44 PM
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    That's really cool to read. My dad, brother, and Grandfather are all vets. Neat to read about it. I'm sure he was a great man. And probably lived his entire life with that type of integrity.
        01-06-2009, 10:29 PM
    That is incredible. Thank you for sharing. The closest I know to the truth is the movie "We Were Soldiers", and I am crying again like I did when I saw that movie. Fortunately, my Dad never went overseas. He was drafted in '69 and was 3 days from shipping out when they stopped sending troops. I have nothing but respect for people in the military and will support them in every endeavor. Dad has told me stories about the unwelcome greetings he would get whenever he flew anywhere in uniform (which was everywhere). That makes me so mad but I absolutely love soldiers, corpsmen, sailers, etc.
        01-07-2009, 08:11 PM
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    That was a real hero, and he probbable never told anybody able what he didn't that day.

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