Memorial Day 25 May 2009 Op ed Albuquerque Journal;
You are a 19 year old kid, critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the La Drang Valley, Landing Zone X Ray, Viet Nam. Your infantry unit is outnumbered eight to one and the enemy fire is so intense that your infantry commander has ordered the medivac helicopters to stop coming in.
You are lying there, listening to the enemy machine gun fire and you realise you are not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away. You realise you will never see them again. As the world around you begins to fade in and out, you come to the realization that this 14 November 1965 is your last day on earth.
Then over the intense machinegun fire, you faintly hear that unmistakeable sound of a helicopter. You look up to see a single unarmed Huey. It doesn’t seem real because it has no medivac markings on it.
Captain ED FREEMAN is coming for You. He is NOT medivac, so it’s not really his job. Unexplainably, Miraculously he is flying his Huey right down into the machinegun fire, after the medivacs were ordered NOT to come in. Captain Ed Freeman is coming in spite of the withering fire. He drops it in and sits there in the gunfire as two or three of you are loaded on board. Then he flys you up through even more intense gunfire and out to the doctors and nurses at the field hospital.
Capatin ED FREEMAN then turns back again, and again, a total of 13 MORE times. He keeps coming back until he has taken out about 30 of you who would never have gotten out without those miraculous flights.
Medal of Honor recipient, ED FREEMAN died this spring at the age of of 80, in Boise Idaho, may GOD rest his soul.
I will bet you didn’t hear about this true Hero’s passing, but we sure were told a whole bunch of total nonsense about some hip-hop coward beating the crap out of his ‘girlfriend’. … Shame on ‘The American Media’……
S.A. Riley Albuquerque New Mexico