A friend of mine sent me a very touching email yesterday about a Viet Nam War pilot, Captain Ed freeman, who in the face of extreme danger and great personal risk, went above and beyond the call of duty, not once but thirteen times, to save the lives of several of his wounded comrades. This great American hero died last week. After reading the story I couldn’t help but wonder why the Media couldn’t have taken a few minutes of air time to report this real human interest story about the passing of a Medal of Honor winning American hero.
The American Public needs to be reminded of the great deeds that the common man is capable of. They need to know that there are people out there willing to put their own safety aside to help or save others, people who are willing to put their lives on the line, who are not policemen, firemen or paramedics. They are ordinary, everyday Americans who care. We need to hear more about people like this. Unfortunately these type of stories don’t sell. Our American Media is too preoccupied with digging up dirt on some superstar or politician that they can bring down. Shamefully, dirt sells, and it sells well.
Thank you Captain Freeman. You are truly a hero, not only to the men whose lives you saved in Viet Nam and their families. You are a hero and an example to all Americans. May you rest in peace…
Here is his story.
It’s November 11, 1967.
You’re a 19 year old kid. You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam. Your unit is outnumbered 8-1.
Enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your commanding officer has ordered the Med-Evac 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 your last day.
Then – over the machine gun noise – you faintly hear the sound of a helicopter. You look up to see a Huey coming in. But.. It doesn’t seem real because there are no Med-Evac markings on it.
Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.
He is not Med-Evac. This is not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided to fly his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the Med-Evacs 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 rescued 29 of you and your buddies that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.
Captain Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho.
I bet you didn’t hear or see anything about this hero’s passing, but we’ve sure seen and heard a whole bunch about Lindsay Lohan, Tiger Woods, the bickering of congress over taxes and Health Reform and other less than news-worthy stories.
Shame on the American Media !!!
Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman United States Air Force
May God Bless and Rest His Soul.