Anyone that emails me probably knows I’m not a big fan of the “forward this to everyone in my address book” forwards. If you find something that makes you think of me, then send it to me with a personal note.

Every once in a while I run across something that is an exception. Today I got one from my uncle and rather than forward it to everyone, I decided I’d post it here to share, because I don’t want to fill up your inbox with forwards, and I think this sort of thing should be seen by the whole world, not just my address book. There is a little jab at the media at the bottom, but that’s not really the point. The point is we (as a culture) want sensational stories at the cost of forgetting our heroes and protectors. Bad stuff has always been more noteworthy than honor, integrity, and bravery, but these days the ‘bad stuff’ is more out in the open than ever, so it seems that’s all we hear.

I’m going to try and propagate the inspirational, rather than gripe about the bad. Here is the article:

Ed Freeman

You’re an 19 year old kid. You’re critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam .  Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 – 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 1/2 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 no Medi-Vac markings are 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 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 last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , ID ……May God rest his soul…..

I bet you didn’t hear about this hero’s

passing, but we sure were told a whole

bunch about some Hip-Hop Coward

beating the crap out of his “girlfriend”

Medal of Honor Winner

Ed Freeman!

Shame on the  American Media


Some other links on Ed Freeman:

Medal of Honor Citation

Wikipedia – Ed Freeman

Military.com Article