Courage

by a thankful Citizen
(USA)

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,  dies at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho . 
  
Captain Ed Freeman is a hero. Honor is due his name.

May God Bless and Rest His Soul.


And a heartfelt THANK YOU! to all our Service Men and Women in our Armed Forces .







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