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Heres one that will bring a tear to your eye, It did mine

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by fredball, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    You're a 19 year old kid.
    You're critically wounded and dying inthe 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 bunchabout Lindsay Lohan, and the bickering of congress over HealthReform.
    Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman
    Shame on the media !!!
    Now... YOU pass this along.
    Honor this real hero.Please.

    TRUE. However, he died in 2009 at age 80. Tell your kids and grandkids about people like this, not arsholes like the liberal celebs, hip hop "artists" and corrupt politicians.

  2. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    I always get something in my eye when I read about true heroes. One that really makes you think is a fellow named Tibor Rubin, a Hungarian holocaust survivor who should have earned a pair or MoH awards in Korea.
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  3. xm193

    xm193 seatac Active Member

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    god bless Captain Ed Freeman and the family that made him
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  4. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    [FONT=arial, helvetica, sans serif]The man at the controls flew through the gunfire not once, not 10 times, but at least 21 times.

  5. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Damn............... there were many stories like this and real men like this.
    Gives ya a tight throat........
    I had friends that volunteered for 2 and 3 tours.
  6. BoonDocks36

    BoonDocks36 Oregon, in the boondocks Christian. Conservative. Male.

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    And, Wounded, as well.... But he, Never considered himself, "A Hero" ....
    ........ Real Hero's never do.

    As an avionics Communication Repairman, RVN 60/70 I needed to be sure, SURE that Radios leaving my bench communicated on "Certain Frequency's" TayNinh Tower, TayNinh GCA, our Company "push" AND Dust Off

    Our Company, was across the Street, from a Mobile Hospital. The Dust off choppers were the very next set of Revetments.... I can not count, the number of times, that I heard Dust Off Pilots, Claiming their radio was Mal-functioning... When the Topic was AN ORDER, to return to base, due to weather.

    And I would think to myself.... "Heh, I know your radio WORKS, Brave Hearted Soul, Fly Safe...."

    It is that time of year, over there, the Monsoons... You can not see beyond your Windshield.... But Dust Off always got the troops out of a bad spot....
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  7. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Ed W. "Too Tall" Freeman passed away August 20, 2008. He dies a hero none the less! I am humbled by such men, I only hope that if faced with daunting circumstances I can find such courage within myself. Truly, inspirational!
  8. Sstrand

    Sstrand La Grande OR Well-Known Member

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    You compare this kind of men with the guy that now hangs the medal around their neck . . . Excuse me while I go throw up.

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  9. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    My older brother was over there for 3yrs, I love him, but he is scary sometimes after dark , something clicks and it's time to go home .
    he is my hero .
  10. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If you want to read a very good book on helicopter pilots and Vietnam, pick up "Chickenhawk" by Robert C. Mason.
    All true and hard to put down. Amazing that any of them came out alive.
  11. deann

    deann oregon Active Member

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    thank you for posting this, it is good to hear about real heros,and a great reminder why we should be so greatful for what we have.its sad that the clowns in d.c. dominate the head lines and the real heros go unnoticed,thanks to the media!!! thank you again.
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  12. DaveO

    DaveO Bellingham, WA New Member

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    There are thousands upon thousands of American marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen who served with honor, above and beyond and its our responsibility, no, DUTY to be sure they don't go quietly in the night, unnoticed by a forgetful nation. :flag:
  13. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    + 1 on "Chickenhawk!" a great read and heroic men!
  14. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    Dang - haven't thought about that book in years - think I read it in about 1983.

    Also - Ed Freeman was not alone - his CO Bruce Crandall also voluntarily flew his "Huey" in - iirc both received the MOH - one more minor glitch - the story says USAF but they were Army...

    Still - Great true story about a true hero...