With the national news dominated by the death of a famous singer and actress, this is not getting much attention. I just had it sent to me from a friend and I had to share and throw out some perspective on this day:
November 14th, 1965. Landing Zone X-ray. Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam. You are a 19 year old kid. You are critically wounded and dying in the jungle. Your infantry company is badly outnumbered and the enemy fire from 100 or 200 yards away is so intense that your own Company Commander has ordered the Medi-Vac helicopters to stop coming in.
You're lying there, listening to the NVA machine guns. You know you are not getting out. Your family is halfway around the world 12,000 miles away and you know you will never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then, suddenly, over the machine gun noise, you hear that distinct sound of helicopter. You look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn't seem real, because there are no Medi-Vac markings on it.
Ed Freeman is coming for you. He is not a Medic, it's not his job. But he is flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, even after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.
He is coming any way.
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. You are safe, but he is not. He keeps coming back…13 more times…and takes about 30 of your buddies out. All of who would never have gotten out.
Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died Wednesday, March 25th, 2009, in Boise, Idaho. He was 80 years old. May God rest his soul.