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Edward W. “Too Tall” Freeman, born November, 1927, died on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 in Boise, Idaho.  He was laid to rest yesterday at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Major Freeman was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Bush on July 16, 2001 for his actions on November 14, 1965 as a Captain with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).  On that day, Captain Freeman repeatedly flew his unarmed Huey helicopter into LZ Xray in la Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam to deliver desperately needed supplies to a U.S. infantry battalion engaged in heated battle with the enemy.  Captain Freeman also evacuated wounded after medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the battle zone. Captain Freeman was Major Bruce Crandall‘s wingman.

Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and war correspondent Joseph Galloway co-wrote the book “Were Were Soldiers Once… and Young: la Drang– The Battle That Chagned The War in Vietnam” which was made into the movie “We Were Soldiers” in 2002.

Joseph Galloway wrote “Farewell to an American hero” as a tribute to his friend, Ed Freeman (via Michael Yon).  Below is a video profile titled, “By the Orders of Their Own Heart“,  featuring Freeman, Crandall, and Galloway talking about that day in November, 1965.

More videos here.

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