Oh my, my my, my my, my my. So many deaths recently...Dom Deluise, David Carradine, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Billy Mays...so many American celebrities dead in such a short amount of time. To listen to the news one may think it has only been Michael Jackson that died...the media and the world is falling over itself to pay homage to a talented, yet tragically flawed person.
Do you know who else died recently? Here's a hint for you, he's not a celebrity but he was a hero to many Americans. You probably wouldn't recognize him if you saw him on the street but I'd say it is a good bet you would recognize Michael Jackson.
This man wasn't famous by any means...the media could have cared less and that is where the true tragedy lies. Still scratching your head? Ok, let me give you a little history lesson.
Close your eyes and think...it is November 1965 in the Ia Drang Valley. Your unit is hopelessly outnumbered by the enemy and you have been hit. You lay there, helpless, in the middle of an immense battle and you hear your Infantry Commander ordering that no more Medi-Vac choppers come in due to the incredibly intense barrage of fire coming in from the enemy...then you hear it, the faint sound of a Huey H-1 chopper coming in. Ed Freeman is coming to get you out of there...he's not a Medi-Vac but he will not desert his brothers-in-arms. Ed skillfully brings the unarmed chopper in and sits in the middle of enemy fire as your buddies load you and other wounded on the chopper. Ed whisks you away from the hell of battle to a hospital where you are patched up and healed.
Ed performs his heroic task 13 more times that day, November 14, 1965,and evacs a total of 30 men out of there, including you. Ed Freeman is a hero and is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in the heat of battle...and the American media says nothing. In fact, Vietnam War protesters would probably spit in his face and call him a baby-killer since that is what their traitorous talking head leaders (ala Jane Fonda) say about the troops in Vietnam.
Medal of Honor Recipient Ed Freeman died on Wednesday, March 25th, 2009, at the age of 80, in Boise, ID...and the American media said nothing. Rest in Peace, Ed Freeman, you performed your duties well, with dignity and honor and you will not soon be forgotten by those who knew you.
Now you know him too. Do not forget him...and do not forget the thousands of men and women making the ultimate sacrifice for you today. They are truly worthy of your admiration and respect...moreso than people whose only contributions to society were entertainment.