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August 22, 2008

Major Ed "Too Tall" Freeman, Medal of Honor, RIP

Ed Freeman was second in command of Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, and flew with Major Bruce Crandall during the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965. He passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 80.

Flying as Crandall's wingman during the 4-day battle, they each flew over 20 resupply and rescue missions under intense enemy fire. When other evacuation units said it was too dangerous to fly, Freeman flew 14 separate missions and evacuated 30 wounded soldiers from the field (he and Crandall together are credited with rescuing 70 wounded men).

Freeman was awarded a DFC for his actions, however many, including his CO Bruce Crandall, felt he deserved the nation's highest honor. On July 16, 2001, President Bush presented Freeman with the Medal of Honor.


Bruce Crandall was awarded this honor himself in 2007.


Rest in peace soldier.

(via the Man of Substance)


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