Freeman, Ed W., MAJ

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Last Rank
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
Service Years
1944 - 1967
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Engineer Corps


Eight Overseas Service Bars

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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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Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Silver Bayonet I/Battle for LZ X-Ray
From Month/Year
November / 1965
To Month/Year
November / 1965

In the late morning of November 14, 1965, several platoons of American troops landed by helicopter at a clearing located in the Ia Drang River Valley, Vietnam. Over the next few hours they were followed by more men from their battalion, the 1st of the 7th Cavalry, which was one of the best trained and equipped air-mobile formations in the U.S. arsenal. They came to fight the North Vietnamese Army on its own ground and opened that effort with a visit to this clearing that was code-named X-Ray. The clearing was figuratively in the front yard of a fully trained infantry division of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN). Weeks before, the North Vietnamese commanders heard of the Seventh's deployment to their region and they were keen to fight. They knew it would be necessary to fight bloody battles in order to formulate countermeasures to the new techniques of waging air-mobile war. Both sides received more than they expected though, for a battle developed which quickly spiraled to a crescendo of violence not yet seen in the war. When it ended almost 48 hours later, literally thousands of soldiers from both sides lay dead in the hot tropical sun.

The first group compelled to take their pulverized formations away from the X-Ray perimeter was the PAVN command. Their troops had attacked in closed formations and been chewed to pieces by machine gun and artillery fire. They achieved a measure of revenge in the coming days when they caught a different American battalion as it rested along a nearby jungle trail. However, that was another battle. The living, wounded and dead of the first and second battalions of the US 7th Cavalry were flown back to their bases, given fresh food and clothes, and reformed for another day of fighting. The survivors of Landing Zone X-Ray have always had an aura of fame about them. They fought in the first violent "stand up" fight of the war, and they won... barely. Certainly both sides walked away from this fight with a stronger respect for their opponents. Today, retired warriors from both sides cooperate with mutual visits and research trips to help understand those few days in late 1965. 

My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
November / 1965
To Month/Year
November / 1965
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
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  19 Also There at This Battle:
  • Denton, Jack, SGT, (1964-1967)
  • Hart, John, CW4, (1958-1984)
  • Santos, Noel, PFC, (1964-1967)
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