You’re a 19 year old kid.
You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley.
November 11, 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. 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 anyway.
Even 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!!
He took about 30 of you and your buddies out who would never have gotten out.
Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , Idaho .
May God Rest His Soul.
I bet you didn’t hear about this hero’s passing, but we’ve sure seen a whole bunch about Michael Jackson. . .
Medal of Honor Winner
Shame on the American media!
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I don’t recall which one of these I saw first, but once I’d seen them both, they stood together in my mind, like chocolate covered cherries – awesome separately, amazing together. ;) The video is dramatic in the differences before and after the Surge, and I hope you get a chance to watch it. Actually, I highly encourage you to watch it. Here is a link to an article about the video (h/t Backyard Conservative). A picture’s worth a thousand words, and a video even more. And when I see the video, I think of the families, the friends and loved ones, and the puppehs too, waiting for our troops to come home.
Excellent work, Troops!! *salute* We’re waiting to welcome you home!
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And let’s not forget, in this video he claims he’s the “only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning.” What a joke! In the beginning of the war, Obama was a State Senator in Illinois, he was NOT in Congress so he had no vote about the war! He wasn’t even there! Obama didn’t get to the Senate until Jan. 2005, nearly 2 years after the war started. What a freaking liar.
(h/t Chicagoans Against Obama)