Wikipedia says this about Ed Freeman

Medal of Honor citation presented by President George Bush
Army version of the Medal of Honor

Freeman’s official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Captain Ed W. Freeman, United States Army, distinguished himself by numerous acts of conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary intrepidity on 14 November 1965 while serving with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). As a flight leader and second in command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, he supported a heavily engaged American infantry battalion at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam. The unit was almost out of ammunition after taking some of the heaviest casualties of the war, fighting off a relentless attack from a highly motivated, heavily armed enemy force. When the infantry commander closed the helicopter landing zone due to intense direct enemy fire, 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 flights had a direct impact on the battle’s outcome by providing the engaged units with timely supplies of ammunition critical to their survival, without which they would almost surely have gone down, with much greater loss of life. After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area due to intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing life-saving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously wounded soldiers — some of whom would not have survived had he not acted. All flights were made into a small emergency landing zone within 100 to 200 meters of the defensive perimeter where heavily committed units were perilously holding off the attacking elements. Captain Freeman’s selfless acts of great valor, extraordinary perseverance and intrepidity were far above and beyond the call of duty or mission and set a superb example of leadership and courage for all of his peers. Captain Freeman’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

His awards include:

US Army Master Aviator Badge.png Master Army Aviator Badge

Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg Distinguished Flying Cross

Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star with Combat “V”

Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart

Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal with three silver oak leaf clusters and one bronze oak leaf cluster

Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal

Army Good Conduct ribbon.svg Army Good Conduct Medal

American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg American Area Campaign Medal

Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal

World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal

Army of Occupation ribbon.svg Army of Occupation Medal

National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster

KSMRib.svg Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars

Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars

ResMedRib.svg Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon.png Vietnam Campaign Medal

47 responses to “Wikipedia says this about Ed Freeman

  1. Like i said Ed Freeman is my new hero, its just a shame how to media focuses more on the celebrities with the hot new styles instead of the veterans that put their lives on the line to save their country.

  2. ed freeman was a great man, from reading the other post about he definitely deserves all theses awards and much more. what a great man with such a courageous act to save all those men and risk his life while doing so.

  3. ed freeman was a great man, from reading the other post about he definitely deserves all theses awards and much more. what a great man with such a courageous act to save all those men.

  4. Ed Freeman was a great man and hero and deserves every one of those awards and medals.

  5. There should be an extremely high level of respect that everyone who knows this story should have for Ed Freeman. No ordinary person would put their life on the line in this fashion in order to protect their country and the soldiers that fight beside them.

  6. Ed Freeman deserves every award he got. He is a devoted american and gave everything he had. It is amazing what he accomplished through his career.

  7. I truly respect people like this who are so brave and devoted to the true meaning of what is is to be an American.

  8. This is so amazing. There should be more giving and brave people like him. People like him who serve this country deserve to be recognized and appreciated. It is incredible how much one person can accomplish.

  9. Ed Freeman is an American hero, and he should be honored more for his accomplishments because there is never to much gratitude for a man who deserves it. I admire when individuals are working in the field of call of duty, and have a passion for it. They should be recognize for thier accomplishments for they die not when because they died from call of duty.

  10. People like Ed Freeman prove that their are people of great morality among our country. Selfless acts can change someones entire perspective on the world.

  11. That was crazy ! Ed Freeman is a true hero risking his life to save others! I myself would be very afraid to fly a plane into a combat territory. But his bravery saves hundreds of lives and he deserves to be called a hero.

  12. Ed Freeman was truly an honorable man that was sent to help others. Even when he was ill himself the fact that he did not just save himdelf, but risk being killed . is really a man to look up to

  13. When people like Ed freeman do thingss that benifit others as well, its amazing. Hope one day I can be a hero.

  14. this man is amazing . he deserves eve thing that he got . this should be a role model for everyone.

  15. He deserves every single one of those awards. He is so selfless! He put his own life in danger to save so many. People like him deserve to be recognized, so I am very pleased that he is.

  16. The world needs more people like Ed. People willing to go out of their way, well knowing the consequences to save and help others.

  17. It’s amazing how some people won’t even cross the street to help another, yet this man risked his life for others. It seems some people got all the human decency while others got none.

  18. This man was a true hero because he went above and beyond what he was supposed to do. That is crazy that no one else would fly back into the enemy fire even when he went back multiple times to evacuate the injured. This shows how brave he really was.

  19. Ed Freeman was truly a “selfless acts of valor, extraordinary perseverance” person as the article explains. It is really nice to see great people like him who are sympathy to others. He was a great man and should be remembered forever for his great accomplishments for helping others in need.

  20. Can someone call this guy a hero? He definitely should be remembered and known for his amazing accomplishments. So good to hear and see stuff like this. People like him who serve this country deserve to be recognized and appreciated.

  21. Wow this store opened my heart now this is what i call a great hero and a person everyone should look up too. This story was just amazing and really opened my heart to everything.

  22. Wow! He is truly what it means to be an American. There should be more giving and brave people like him. Maybe our nation would reach that same devotion one day.

  23. Its nice to hear about people like this that put others before themselves. He will be remembered for generations to come.

  24. Ed Freeman is truly the definition of putting others before yourself. It is amazing what he has accomplished for himself and for our country. Hard work is the ultimate satisfaction in whatever a person does in their life.

  25. Ed Freeman was a true American hero and his story will one day capture the eyes of many individuals.

  26. Award citations never truly capture the extraordinary actions that an individual did, nor do they provide anything other than the unemotionally professional snap shot in time, but you can be sure that the only thing that was going through the good Captain’s mind was that American Soldiers, Navy and Marines need help and he was that help.

  27. Ed Freeman did more than someone could have ever thought of! He is a real heroe, he risked his own life to save others which is a huge example of the bravery he had!

  28. Oh my goodness, he is a very curageous and respected man for what he did. Sacrificing his life for others and acting with out a doubt. I am pretty sure you do not just recieve those awards for nothing, he earned those!

  29. Ed Freeman is an incredible man and will be remembered and loved for a long time to come. He should be recognized a lot more for the accomplishments he had.

  30. This is why most teachers now say Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Things said on there about Ed Freeman are left out and does not give someone who doesn’t know about him enough information to understand him. That’s why only use internet sources that end in .edu

  31. Ed Freeman is one of Americans greates heros he truly showed dedication for his contry and didn’t hesitate to give his life for it. Wikipedia dosn’t begin to explain how great of a men he was.

  32. Wikipedia does not fully explain the great worth of this mans life. This man was a unnoticed hero of our nation . I now see that although Wikipedia does provide information. Sometimes the information can be very blunt and doesn’t provide full depth.

  33. First off, you have to know the facts about Ed Freeman. Secondly, you have to understand that WIKIPEDIA is not a dependent internet site! If you know it’s not accurate to cite from this website on a school paper, you should know it isn’t accurate to believe what it says when you’re actually uneducated on the person himself.

  34. It’s great to hear stories like this about true Americn heroes who are willing to risk their lives for others to keep our country safe and free.

  35. If i ever go to war, im going out a hero like Ed Freeman. Being a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy Reserves, i would gladley give up my life so that all of my marine battallion can get home safely to their families. I wouldnt expect any sort of recognition or praise from anyone because that is my job. Im sure Ed Freeman did not do what he did expecting a medal of honor, he was simply doing what was right. May his soul rest in peace.

  36. wikipedeia is one of the greatest sights to get info off of.

  37. Ed Freeman was a great American who served his country well. I agree more people need to read about him and what he accomplished.

  38. this is a great man he needs to be respected for all of his great actions. heroes aren’t made they are born.

  39. Ed freeman will always be remember and a great man.

  40. Ed Freeman was an amazing man. Not only was he very motivated but he cared for his country and its people.

  41. it is so nice to see people like Freeman doing things to help others and himself last.

  42. Ed Freeman was a true hero who was there to serve for his country. Honestly Ed was a great example of a person who did not do something to benefit himself but to benefit and help out others. What a great example of a hero.

  43. This man was truly a great person. He served this country for all the right reasons and took pride in doing it. It is incredible how much one person can accomplish.

  44. Related to my last post about him, this proves my point, he was an incredible man, and when he passed, received nothing.

  45. A true hero, service like this is not taught it is caught. Highly decorated and humble a true man of action.

  46. His record is very impressive and shows that this man was a highly motivated person, and that he cared for his country and his fellow comrades in arms. He was not only in vietnam but wwII also. Those where both very tough wars for anyone to take part in let alone both on his freewill.

  47. Ed Freeman is surely a man to be remembered for his great devotion for our country and the men in war. It is amazing on what he accomplished. His story should be introduced to more people in the world for his hard work.

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