Freeman, Ed W., MAJ

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 1981, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division (Heavy Armored)
Service Years
1944 - 1967
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Engineer Corps

Major



Eight Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
McLain

Date of Passing
Aug 20, 2008
 
Location of Interment
Idaho State Veterans Cemetery - Boise, Idaho
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot # 12-J-155.

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 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of ValorVietnam Veterans of America (VVA)Army Otter-Caribou AssociationCombat Helicopter Pilots Association
Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA)
  2008, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Army Otter-Caribou Association [Verified]
  2008, Combat Helicopter Pilots Association [Verified]
  2008, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator Badge (Master)
Pistol
Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
US Navy7th Cavalry Regiment1st Cavalry Division (Unit of Action)
  1944-1946, US Navy
  1965-1966, 1981, RHHT, 7th Cavalry Regiment
  1965-1966, 1981, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division (Heavy Armored)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1946-1950 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)/Battle of Pork Chop Hill
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)1
  1965-1965 Operation Silver Bayonet I - Battle of the Ia Drang/Battle for LZ X-Ray
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
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  Family and Burial Information
  Mar 14, 2015, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Company A, 229th, Assault Helicopter Battalion, First Cavalry Division Air Mobil

As a flight leader and second in command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, Veteran of WW II, Korea and Vietnam. He served in World War II and reached the rank of master sergeant by the time of the Korean War. Although he was in the Corps of Engineers, he fought as an infantry soldier in Korea. He participated in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill and received a battlefield commission. The commission made him eligible to become a pilot, a childhood dream of his. However, when he applied for pilot training he was told that, at six feet four inches, he was "too tall" for pilot duty. The phrase stuck, and he was known by the nickname of "Too Tall" for the rest of his career. And and portrayed in the Mel Gibson movie "We Were Soldiers,"  Major Freeman began his distinguished military career at the age of 17, with 2 years of service in the United States Navy during World War II. He subsequently joined the United States Army, serving in Germany for 4 years before being deployed to Korea. After his retirement from the Army, Freeman served as a pilot for the U.S. Interior Department and retired a second time in 1991. He also flew as a civilian pilot with the National Interagency Fire Center, which is located in Boise.
   
Other Comments:
You're an 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, 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 an un-armed 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.... 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 last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , ID ......May God rest his soul.....He was buried in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise.
   
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