You're a nineteen year old kid. You are 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 eight to one and the enemy fire is so intense from one hundred 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, twelve thousand 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 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. The MedEvacs were ordered not to come but he is coming anyway.
He drops it in and sits there in the intense machine gun fire, as they load three at a time on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.
He kept coming back !! Thirteen more times!!
He kept coming back until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit four times in the legs and left arm.
He took twenty-nine 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 Wednesday 9-30-15 at the age of seventy, in Boise, Idaho.
May God Bless and Rest His Soul.