ED W. Freeman
US Army Retired
Vietnam War Veteran
Korean War Veteran
Died: Aug. 20, 2008
Captain, U.S. Army, Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion,
First Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
As an Army helicopter pilot on Nov. 14, 1965 during the Vietnam War, he flew fourteen separate rescue missions, providing life saving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously wounded soldiers during a heavily engaged infantry battalion at Landing Zone X-Ray in the la Drang Valley.
Captain Freeman risked his own life by flying his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire time after time, delivering critically needed ammunition, water and medical supplies to the besieged battalion.
His heroics grew nationwide attention when his actions in Vietnam was portrayed in the film, "We Were Soldiers."
Ed. W. Freeman is accounted for 70 wounded individuals that he picked up during his tour in Vietnam. Also, flying 21 combat mission more then what was required of all combat pilots.
After 36 years he was finally recognized for his valor on November 14, 1965, Vietnam.
He was awarded the Medal Of Honor by President George W. Bush on July 16, 2001.
VGMC member Chuck Beck brought this to my attention. Mr. Ed W. Freeman recently died on Aug. 20, 2008, his death wasn’t publicized due to the political elections at that time. Veterans around the world e-mailed others about Ed. W. Freeman's death, in recognition of his great deeds for his fellow solders.
"The VGMC members Salute You, Ed. W. Freeman"