You're a 19 year old kid.
You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle
in the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam.
November 11, 1965.
Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8-1 and
the enemy fire is so intense,
from 100-200 yards away,
that your own Infantry Commander has ordered
the Medi-Vac 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
the sound of a helicopter.
You look up and see an unarmed Huey. But...
it doesn't seem real because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.
Ed Freeman is coming to get you.
He's not Medi-Vac so it's not his job, but
he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.
Even after the Medi-Vacs were ordered
not to come.
He's coming anyway.
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!
Thirteen or fourteen more times.
He took about 30 of you and your buddies out
who never would have gotten out.
Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman
died in 2008, at the age of 80,
in Boise, Idaho.
I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but
we've sure seen a whole bunch about
Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, etc. etc. etc.
Medal of Honor Winner