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August 24, 2008
you will be missed.
August 23, 2008
To the Freeman Families

From the Texas Ia Drang Brothers, we will keep Major Freeman in our memories. I am one of the survivors of the Ia Drang, along with several other Texans. Our Prayers will be with you. He played a major part in us been alvie today.

He will always be a special Hero to all of Us.

Thank you
Joe R Pena
Texas
August 23, 2008
Several years ago, on a flight out of Washington, DC, I agreed to give up my extra-legroom seat to a couple who wanted to sit together. They were part of a larger family group, and they had been to DC for a White House ceremony. A 6-footer myself, I briefly lamented the loss of those extra 5 inches of legroom, but soon discovered that I had been granted a far greater reward. My new seat was across the aisle from the family patriarch, Captain Ed Freeman, who had just received his long-deserved Medal of Freeman in that ceremony! As the daughter of a Navy officer and pilot, I knew immediately that I was in the presence of a true hero. Captain Freeman and his wife chatted with me, talking about the upcoming movie and the way the Medal was finally awarded, and other passengers and crew--including the plane's captain--came by with congratulations and thanks for the brave service of my new friend. Ever since that flight, I have thought of Captain Freeman as "my" Medal of Honor recipient. He and his wife and family were warm and friendly and clearly very happy that day. I am sorry to hear that he suffered more recently from Parkinson's, and saddened by his passing. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and children and grandchildren, and all his extended family and friends. I will always be grateful to have been included for those few hours in the magic of that day. That memory still sends a shiver through me, of proud patriotism and awe at the unfathomable bravery of our most extraordinary heroes. Thank you, Captain Freeman, for the gift of your service. May it continue to inspire us all.
August 23, 2008
Dear Barb& Family
Ed Freeman was my friend and hero,I will never forget him and will do everything in my power to insure his memory lives on. He is the greatest man I ever known, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Here in Mississippi we knew him as (Tudd) and in Mclain near where he grew up there is a street named for him however being a small town it did not make the news.
Billy & Gloria Harvison
118 Ed Freeman Dr
McLain,MS 39456
August 23, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss What a great and honorable man Ed was. I only know him through the book We Were Soldiers Once, And Young, plus my own Vietnam experience as an Air Force nurse caring for the wounded at the AF hospital in Cam Ranh in 1969. He, like so many of the helicopter pilots in Nam, were true heros, but Ed stood above many by his unselfish and heroic service. LtCol Donna K Buechler (Ret.)
August 23, 2008
I knew him mostly through reading or videos. Men such as Too Tall don't come along very often, and many are glad he came along when he did. I'll never forget him and will do my best to keep his memory alive so others will know what true dedication and bravery are all about.
August 23, 2008
Barb, So Sorry to hear of Ed's passing. My thoughts are with you.
August 23, 2008
TOO TALL WAS ONE OF THOSE PILOTS THAT COMES AROUND NOT OFTEN ENOUGH . HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED BY US. OUR HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY. HE WAS A TRUE AMERICAN. ARDYCE AND MARY BIRMINGHAM
August 23, 2008
I was reading meters for a local utility when I noticed Ed's name on the account. I had a friend who just got back from service in Iraq and I wanted to get Ed’s autograph on a copy of “We Were Soldiers Once and Young” for him. I got to the Freeman’s residence and to be honest I half expected to be shooed off their front steps. At best I was hoping he would sign my book and send me on my way. Instead I was invited in the house and while I was sitting not 10 feet from the Medal of Honor, Maj. Freeman told me stories and spoke to me like he had known me forever. I don’t expect that Ed would remember me but I guarantee that I will never forget him. I am a former Marine and I can honestly say that meeting him was one of the highlights of my life. I promise that when my son is old enough to understand, I will tell him about the day I shook the hand of a true American Hero.
August 23, 2008
To the Freeman Family,You are in our prayers as You and this Nation have lost another Great American Hero. We of the 281st AHC say "A person is not dead until forgotten". Ed will not be forgotten!
Jay Hays Immediate Past President 281st AHC Association

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