How do you define "HERO"

How do you define "HERO"

This is a discussion on How do you define "HERO" within the Bob & Terry's Place forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Ed Freeman You're an 18 or 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965. LZ ...

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    How do you define "HERO"


    Ed Freeman

    You're an 18 or 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965. LZ Xray, 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 1/2 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 a 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 last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise, ID......

    May God rest his soul.....
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    R.I.P.

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    Bravery and self sacrifice,seldom seen and rarely mentioned. May God rest and Bless his immortal soul.
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    Sadly we all must make that trip, but few have done so much for others so it wouldn’t be too quick.

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    That sums my definition of hero pretty good :salute:.
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    HERO< Doing the right thing against all fears and odds. God bless him!!

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    I appreciate all he did...he's got my salute...

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    I am awed by that story. He must have had angels watching over him that day.
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    True courage!! That is no doubt a Hero, God bless him, RIP

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    He absolutely exceeds my definition of a hero. RIP, Ed....
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    Rest in peace.
    Guys like that leave a mark that actually changes the world.
    Generations will be born into the world that never would have existed had it not been for his heroism.
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    Now that is a warrior! Above and beyond the call of duty is an understatement when talking about Ed Freeman. I can not even imagine the depths of that mans courage and love for his comrades in arms.
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    If this doesn't sound familiar then you need to read We Were Soldiers Once... and Young or, at the very least, watch the movie adaptation.

    Rest in Peace, Sir, and thank you.
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    If I remember right I believe I read about his exploits,he had several hueys that were so badly shot up he had to change aircraft several times to keep extracting the wounded soldiers
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    Wow, that is all I can say!

    Thanks for posting it.
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