Silent Hero

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  1. Redbeard

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    Great man! Helluva lot of guts. Semper Fi.
    Sent to those who'd understand. This still grates on me...
    Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 10:44:22 -0600



    Subject: Not in the news

    Missing from the news



    You're a 19 year old kid, critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in
    the La Drang Valley, 11-
    14-1965, LZ Xray, Vietnam. Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 to 1, and
    the enemy fire is so
    intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry 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 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, and 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's not Medi-Vac, so it's not his job,
    but he's flying his Huey
    down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were told 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 waiting doctors
    and nurses.


    And he kept coming back....... 13 more times..... and took over 30 of
    you and your buddies out,
    who would never have gotten out.


    Medal of Honor recipient Ed Freeman died last Wednesday, in Boise,
    Idaho, at the age of 80.


    Oh yeah, Paul Newman died that day too.


    But I guess you knew that. He got a lot more press than Ed Freeman.


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    Sorry, I didn't know where to post this but I thought this was as good a place as any. Just thought this guy should be given the attention that he has earned. Again, not sure if this is the right place, but at least it's out there.

    Redbeard
     
  2. Milos Sijacki

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    :salute: to Ed Freeman
     
  3. GrauGeist

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    Wow...what an incredible story and an amazing man!

    You just don't see feats of valor like this too often these days!

    Perhaps one of the mods can move it to the right forum for ya!

    Thanks for posting this, RB...
     
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    :salute:

    They happen - you just don't hear about them very often.
     
  5. Bill G.

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    Telling the stories of our military going above and beyond the call of duty just isn't PC any more. That seems little different than someone being successful in business.

    Sadly, today, only in sports will that be news.

    Bill G.
     
  6. Gnomey

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    Great story, thanks for sharing Rb.
     
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    Great story, thanks!
     
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    May he rest in peace. Well deserved too!
     
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    Thanks, truly a hero

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