The Digital Photo Guy

Loss of a True American Hero

by on Dec.06, 2011, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements

Captain Ed Freeman, USA (ret), Medal of Honor recipient

I received the following from a former manager, friend and fellow Vietnam veteran
(upon further research, Major Ed W. Freeman died August 20, 2008, this is another bit of Internet flotsam, sorry)

You’re a 19 year old kid. You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.

It’s November 14, 1965, LZ X-ray, Ia Drang Valley.

Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away that your CO has ordered the MedEvac 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 halfway 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 fire – you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter. You look up to see a Huey coming in. But… It doesn’t seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.

Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.

He’s not MedEvac so it’s not his job but he heard the radio call and decided he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the MedEvacs 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 3 of you at a time on board. Then he  flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.

And, he kept coming  back, 13 more times, until all the wounded were out. No one knew until after the mission that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm. He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.

Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Army, died August 20, 2008 at the age of 81, in Boise, Idaho. May God Bless and Rest His Soul.

I bet you didn’t hear about this hero’s passing but we’ve sure seen a whole bunch about Lindsay Lohan, Herman Cain and the bickerings of congress.

Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Ed Freeman

Shame on the American media!

New Video Posted

I’m swamped so I repurposed one of my old videos and posted it below. It’s hosted on a free account so only about 35 more people can view this video before it exceeds the bandwidth. If you prefer videos to webinars, please leave a comment on the video page.

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