Definition of Courage ...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by crazeehorse, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. crazeehorse

    crazeehorse Member


    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 know 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 at the age of 80, in Boise, Idaho .

    May God Bless and 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 and Tiger Woods.

    Don't ya just love the main stream media!

  2. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    Ya know CH, Honestly, I did hear of him and your spin on the media is 100% correct!

    It's a sad day in America...

    I didn't realize he had gotten shot that many times tho...

    Thanks for spreading the word, I'll be sure to pray...
  3. Turtle Tedd

    Turtle Tedd Member

    Captian Ed Freeman..take your place in History - a very good place
  4. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    As the book says, "No greater love hath any man than this - that he lay down his life for his friend."

    I'm no christian, as you all know, but that bit of wisdom rings true in any language, anywhere, at any time. Capt. Freeman laid his life on the line, repeatedly, in service to his fellows. Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the mastery of it. Capt. Freeman was a true master.
  5. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    we live in the land of the free...
    because of the brave !!!

    thank you for posting this :)
  6. kerf

    kerf Guest

    In these days of questionable integrity in our leadership, it's good to remember that there are those Americans, both living and departed, that placed the Highest Value on Honor, Duty, and Service to this Nation.

    May God Almighty help all of us to be worthy of Their Sacrifice.

  7. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    Heard of him, was aware of his accomplishments, Also aware of his passing. I stand and salute all my brothers in arm, both heroes and normal soldiers.