July 7, 2010
Ed Freeman's Medal of Honor citation reads as follows:
14 November Company A, 229th Assault 16-helicopter X-Ray Ia Drang
14 separate 30 seriously 200 meters
Captain Ed W. Freeman, United States Army, distinguished himself by numerous acts of conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary intrepidity on
1965 while serving with
Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). As a flight leader and second in command of a
lift unit, he supported a heavily engaged American infantry battalion at Landing Zone
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
rescue missions, providing life-saving evacuation of an estimated
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
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.