[Spridgets] We Lost a Good Man

Larry & Sandi Miller millerls at ado13.com
Sun Sep 28 10:14:10 MDT 2008


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From: "rrengineer @dslextreme.com" <rrengineer at dslextreme.com>
To: <9issa at justbrits.com>; <spridgets at autox.team.net>
Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2008 12:30 AM
Subject: [Spridgets] We Lost a Good Man

> 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...... 19 more times....and took about 70 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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