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.)