Death of a Brave American Soldier Goes Unnoticed


Created from Email Contributed by John Perry

Featuring Video


Medal of Honor Winner, July 2001 


********** CURRENT TIMES – 2010 **********

Obama awards Medal of Honor to Iowa staff sergeant

President Obama presents the Medal o f Honor to Army Staff

Sgt. Salvatore Giunta during a ceremony in the East Room of the

White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. Sgt. Giunta,

from Hiawatha, Iowa, is the first living veteran of the wars in Iraq and

Afghanistan to receive the award. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)



******* REWIND – VIETNAM WAR – 1965 *******


Captain Ed Freeman



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. 
LZ (landing zone) X-ray.

Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so  intense, from 100 yards away, that  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 and 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 ..






May God Bless and Rest His Soul.

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure seen a whole bunch about Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods and the bickering of congress over Health Reform.

Medal of  Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman




Why did the American media not report it ???



Ed “Too Tall” Freeman


Born: Nov. 20, 1927

Died: August 20, 2008


What Happened

On November 14, 1965, Freeman and his unit transported a battalion of American soldiers to the Ia Drang Valley. Later, after arriving back at base, they learned that the soldiers had come under intense fire and had taken heavy casualties. Enemy fire around the landing zones was so heavy that the medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly in to the landing zone.


Freeman and his commander, Major Bruce Crandall, volunteered to fly their unarmed, lightly armored UH-1 Huey in support of the embattled troops. Freeman made a total of fourteen trips to the battlefield, bringing in water and ammunition and taking out wounded soldiers under heavy enemy fire in what was later named the Battle of Ia Drang. By the time they landed their heavily damaged Huey, Captain Freeman had been wounded four times by ground fire.[5]


His awards include:

Master Army Aviator Badge