Posted by: Maysman | October 1, 2008

Semper Fi, Sir

—-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 Medi-Vac 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 [and Major Bruce Crandall] 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 Wednesday August 20 at the age of 80, in Boise, ID…

—-btw… The lead helicopter was flown by Major Bruce P. Crandall (born 1933) [who is a retired U.S. Army officer who was awarded the Medal of Honor on 26 February 2007 for his heroic actions during the Battle of Ia Drang on 14 November 1965, in which he repeatedly flew an unarmed helicopter into enemy fire to bring in ammunition and supplies and evacuate the wounded. Crandall flew 22 flights that day, most of them under intense enemy fire, and a total of over 900 combat missions during the Vietnam War.

—-[Note:  I hunted very carefully for a picture of Captain Freeman’s medal… Hopefully, the above pic is correct… if not, someone please correct me…



  1. Thank God for men such as these. Where do they come from? Will this country continue to produce these men? I sure hope so.

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