Ed Freeman, Medal of Honor Recipient, Passed Away 06-25-2008

Posted on July 26, 2009. Filed under: Fallen Heroes |

Once in a while I get e-mails like everyone else, that are so moving that they simply must be forwarded. Today a friend gave me one that I just have to copy and paste here with the accompanying news article.

Ed Freeman was a US Army helicopter pilot who flew under the famous Maj. Bruce Crandall “ancient serpent” at the Battle for LZ X-Ray, in Nov. 1965 at the Ia Drang Valley in Viet Nam. The battle was reported by Joey Galloway who, many years later, collaborated with the commander, Gen. (then LTC) Hal Moore, in writing the famous book, “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young” that Mel Gibson turned into a box office smash hit.

Here is the e-mail:



Ed Freeman


You’re a 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 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 and you look up to see an unarmed 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 on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008, at the age of 80, in Boise , ID.   May God rest his soul.

Since the media didn’t give him the coverage he deserves, send this to every red-blooded American you know.

This is a link to some of the coverage he did get.



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5 Responses to “Ed Freeman, Medal of Honor Recipient, Passed Away 06-25-2008”

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Although I agree he deserves remembrance he died last year on August 20th 2008, and not last week. None the less he was a great man and was depicted in the movie “We Were Soilders” by actor Mark McCracken. God Bless him… Trust but verify

Thanks for catching that date!

Not only did this e-mail get the date wrong (I got one too, just this week, claiming Ed Freeman died “last Wednesday”); it falsified the point it wanted to make. Clearly this e-mail wants us regard the media as “dishonorable,” “unAmerican,” and “unGodly” for ignoring Ed Freeman: the media didn’t.

CNN broadcast the ceremony when Ed Freeman received the Medal of Honor in 2001. MSNBC did an interview with him in 2007, as part of a series of interviews it broadcast with living Medal of Honor recipients. The Associated Press did a lengthy obituary of Ed Freeman the day he died (printed in most major American newspapers), and NBC Nightly News did a tribute to him the next day.

Clearly, the point of the e-mail is to trash the media, using a real hero to make a false point. Even by the slimy standards of the anonymous e-mails that assault us daily, that’s a new low.

But more important: if you believe as strongly as I do that Jesus meant us to take Him seriously when He said “I AM…the truth…”, I hope you’ll check your e-mails, especially those you post to the entire internet-world. Most are trying to put lies into our operative thinking (as this one does): and most are targetted at Christians. Any guesses where those lies come from ? LOL.

It’s not hard to find out if some e-mail, or some public figure’s “facts,” are true or false. There are numerous websites that do in-depth research for that purpose: Snopes.com, truthorfiction.com, politifact.com, and others.

Blessings, in Jesus, Steve

Thanks for making a great point! I have made the needed corrections.

Thanks, brother, for your honest spirit !

All blessings, in Jesus, Steve

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