Claim: Article describes coverage of the death of Medal of Honor recipient Ed Freeman.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2009]
You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the
You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you're not getting out. Your family is half-way 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 noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an
Ed Freeman is coming for you. He's not
He's coming anyway.
And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses.
And, he kept coming back.... 13 more times..... And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out.
Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , ID ......May God rest his soul.....
I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we sure were told a whole bunch about some
Medal of Honor Winner Ed Freeman!
Shame on the American Media.
Origins: In March 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the U.S. Postal Service facility located at
The bill to designate the post office in Freeman's honor passed the U.S. House unanimously with a final vote of
Freeman was a Mississippi native, and the Post Office that was renamed is located in his hometown.
In July 2009, shortly after the death of singer Michael Jackson, the piece was altered to reference him rather than Chris Brown, and to change the date of Ed Freeman's death to
By March 2012, this item bore the tag line: "I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure heard a whole bunch about Whitney Houston, Lindsay Lohan, Dr. Murray, that sicko Sandusky, and a 72-day sham marriage." (These were references to the death of singer Whitney Houston in February 2012, actress' Lindsay Lohan's ongoing legal problems throughout
By 2015, this item was altered again to include the tag line: "I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure seen a whole bunch about the thugs Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin." (These were references to the controversial fatal shootings, in separate incidents, of two unarmed black teenagers.)
In general, all of those sentiments have some merit to them (if one ignores the fact that news of Ed Freeman's death couldn't have been obscured by events that took place several years after he passed away): While the negative exploits of celebrities receive a good deal of attention in the popular news media, coverage of Ed Freeman's death was largely restricted to news outlets in Idaho (where he resided at the time of his death). Unfortunately, the passing of military heroes often doesn't prompt nationwide coverage unless some other factor had previously brought them to national public attention (e.g., they had prominent post-military careers, or they were featured in a popular book, film, or television series).
None of this should obscure the accomplishments of the very real Ed Freeman, who at a White House ceremony in
For his actions that day, Captain Freeman was awarded the distinguished Flying Cross, but the men who were there, including the commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Crandall, felt a still higher honor was called for. Through the unremitting efforts of Lieutenant Colonel Crandall and many others and the persuasive weight from Senator John McCain, the story now comes to its rightful conclusion.
That story began with a battalion surrounded by the enemy in one of Vietnam's fiercest battles. The survivors remember the desperate fear of almost certain death. They remember gunfire that one witness described as the most intense he had ever seen, and they remember the sight of an unarmed helicopter coming to their aid. The man with the controls flew through the gunfire not once, not
General Eisenhower once observed that when you hear a Medal of Honor citation, you practically assume that the man in question didn't make it out alive. In fact, about 1 in 6 never did, and the other five, men just like you all here, probably didn't expect to.
Citations are also written in the most simple of language, needing no embellishment or techniques of rhetoric. They record places and names and events that describe themselves. The medal itself bears only one word and needs only one, valor.
As a boy of 13, Ed Freeman saw thousands of men on maneuvers pass by his home in Mississippi. He decided then and there that he would be a soldier. A lifetime later the Congress has now decided that he's even more than a soldier because he did more than his duty. He served his country and his comrades to the fullest, rising above and beyond anything the Army or the nation could have ever asked.
It's been some years now, since he left the service and was last saluted.
But from this day, wherever he goes, by military tradition, Ed Freeman will merit a salute from any enlisted personnel or officer of rank. Commander Seevers, I'll now ask you to read this citation of the newest member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and it'll be my honor to give him his first salute.
Last updated: 29 January 2015
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