Forgot rock stars, film stars, photogenic politicians and people famous for looking good or being clever.  Here’s somebody we all should admire and who holds two distinctive titles. One: Medal of Honor winner.  And two: a real hero. 

Semper Fi,

Patrick The Poet


You’re a 19 year old kid. You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the La Drang Valley, 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam. Your infantry unit is outnumbered eight to one, 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 one half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you know you’ll never see them again. And, as the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.  The day you’re going to die.

Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an unarmed Huey helicopter.  But it doesn’t seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.

It’s Ed Freeman.  He’s 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 and all help 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 two or three of you on board.

Then he flies you up and out through the blizzard of gunfire, out of the battle zone and death zone…and to the doctors and nurses and to safety.  And you get to live.

And he kept coming back…. 13 MORE TIMES!

And he took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.

Well, recently Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman died at the age of 80, in Boise, ID. May God rest his soul! I bet you didn’t hear about this hero’s passing. No media said a word about it.  But now you know!

So share this story if you’re thankful for heroes like Ed Freeman who risked or gave their lives so that we may be free!


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