Passing of a HERO

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    Passing of a HERO

    This is an email from August 2008.
    As most emails do, this one is making it around again.
    It was on my computer this morning when I logged on.

    It is such a great story I couldn't help but to pass it along again...
    Thank you and may GOD bless every member of our military for their service to our country.



    You're a 19 year old kid.

    You're critically wounded and dying in
    The jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam ..

    It's November 11, 1967.
    LZ (landing zone) X-ray.

    Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac 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 realize that this is the day.
    Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter.
    You look up to see a Huey coming in. But.. It doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.

    Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.

    He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.

    Even after the MedEvacs 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 3 of you at a time on board.

    Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.

    And, he kept coming back !! 13 more times!!
    Until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm.
    He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.

    Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman , United States Air Force, died last Wednesday at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho

    May God Bless and Rest His Soul.


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    Now that is Heroism at it's finest hour........Good Lord......may you RIP, Ed.




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    God bless him, and all of our Troops, past, present and future.
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    This is an incredible story that shows the courage of a true hero. Ed Freeman is the reason you fly the flag at half mast!

    Thank you Mr. Freeman for you exemplary service. Guys like you make this country great.

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    Amazing story about an AMAZING Hero. God bless him.

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    Along with Capt. Freeman, spare a thought for A1C William H. Pitsenbarger. See Factsheets : Airman 1st Class William H. Pitsenbarger for his story. A1C Pitsenbarger is one of two Air Force enlisted members awarded the Medal of Honor for service in Viet Nam; the other is Sgt John Levitow.

    On April 11, 1966, in thick jungle near Saigon, an infantry company on 134 soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division (the "Big Red One") was surrounded by a Viet Cong battalion of approximately 500 troops.

    Detachment 6 of the USAF's 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron received an urgent call to evacuate the wounded. Army helicopters could not land in the battle zone...Only U.S. Air Force HH-43 Huskie helicopters with cables and winches could hoist the injured from the jungle.

    Airman Pitsenbarger was the rescue and survival specialist aboard "Pedro 73," one of the two Huskies on the mission. The Huskies were to take turns hoisting litters with critically wounded patients through the forest canopy and delivering them to a nearby airfield. Pedro 73's crew, while under fire and hovering in a hole in the forest below ...Pitsenbarger volunteered to be lowered to the ground to help. He descended a hundred feet into the firefight with a medical bag, a supply of splints, a rifle and a pistol.

    On the ground, Pitsenbarger organized and speeded the evacuation, enabling the Huskies to rescue nine soldiers on several trips. Normally, pararescuemen return to the helicopter, but Pitsenbarger chose to stay and help the beleaguered troops. As the fight continued, Pedro 73 was badly damaged by ground fire and forced to withdraw. Rather than escape with the last Huskie, Pitsenbarger chose to stay on the ground and aid the wounded. Soon the firefight grew too intense for the helicopters to return.

    As darkness fell, Pitsenbarger not only cared for the wounded, but also collected and distributed ammunition to the surviving soldiers several times under enemy fire. In the early evening he was mortally wounded fighting alongside the remaining infantrymen. The Viet Cong withdrew during the night, and the following morning U.S. forces were able to recover survivors and the fallen. Charlie Company had suffered 80 percent casualties.

    For coordinating the successful rescues, caring for the wounded and sacrificing his life while aggressively defending his comrades, William H. Pitsenbarger received the Air Force Cross on June 30, 1966. After review, the original award was upgraded, and on Dec. 8, 2000, the Medal of Honor was presented to his family in a ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Museum. Airman Pitsenbarger is the 59th Medal of Honor recipient, and sixth enlisted recipient, from the Air Force and its predecessor organizations.


    And Sgt Levitow was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1969.
    A1C John Levitow, a loadmaster on an AC-47, acted quickly to save his aircraft after it was hit by enemy fire. Wounded, he threw himself upon a magnesium flare and tossed it out of the aircraft moments before it ignited. He is the lowest ranking airmen to receive our nation's highest recognition for bravery.

    The above was written before Airman Pitsenbarger's award was upgraded. These men upheld the highest traditions of our military.
    The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.

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    OUTSTANDING bravery and sacrifice.
    Thanks for sharing "Woodstock"
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    i got that email couple months ago also. Great strory. He was too young to go at 70

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    If it were not for men like these, the USA would not be the USA. God bless them and all the heros who have faithfully served our country.
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    I'd never heard that story. Thank you for sharing it.
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    Great story, great man.

    Sad to see that he is gone.

    May he rest in perfect peace.
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    He broke the mold..............when he created men like these.......just too Unbelievable.

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    I'm sure that every man that he rescued that day, never forgot his name.Helicopters are hard enough to fly with all your limbs at 100%,thinking about him taking 4 hits in his extremities and continuing to fly is amazing.
    I served in the USAF Security Police and met several Pararescue men,one guy stationed on my base was a M/sgt that had lost 2 fingers that were shot off when he was extracting a downed pilot.They take their motto "That Others May Live" pretty serious
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    I bet Capt. Ed Freeman was scared poopless,,,,,


    May the Lord watch over his soul, and those of ALL our brave servicemen AND women for eternity.
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    Amazing courage and strength. You could tell he loved those men.

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