Fallen But Not Forgotten: The True Story of American War Hero Ed W. Freeman

Major Ed Freeman Ed “Too Tall” Freeman was a Master Sergeant in the Army Corps of Engineers, who fought in Korea as an infantryman. He took part in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill and was one of only 14 survivors out of 257 men who made it through the opening stages of the battle.

For his Korean service, Ed was awarded a Battlefield Commission. The Commission allowed him the opportunity to apply to flight school, but at 6’4″, the 6’2″ height restriction prevented him from eligibility, earning him the nickname “Too Tall.”

In 1955, the Army’s height regulations changed, allowing Ed to attend flight school. He earned his wings at Ft. Rucker, Alabama and began flying fixed-wing aircraft, and eventually helicopters.

1st CalvaryAfter logging thousands of hours in choppers, Ed was sent to Vietnam in 1965, assigned to the 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile). He was second in command of a sixteen-helicopter unit responsible for carrying infantrymen into battle.

On Nov. 14, 1965, Ed’s helicopters carried a battalion into the Ia Drang Valley for what became the first major confrontation between large forces of the American and North Vietnamese armies.

Back at base, Ed and the other pilots received word that the soldiers they had dropped off were taking heavy casualties and running low on supplies. In fact, the fighting was so fierce that Medevac helicopters refused to pick up the wounded.

First Calvary Division AirmobileWhen the commander of the helicopter unit asked for volunteers to fly into the battle zone, Freeman alone stepped forward. He was joined by his commander, and the two of them began several hours of flights into the contested area.

Because their small emergency-landing zone was just one hundred yards away from the heaviest fighting, their unarmed and lightly armored helicopters took several hits.

Ed Freeman StoryIn all, Freeman carried out fourteen separate rescue missions, bringing in water and ammunition to the besieged soldiers and taking back dozens of wounded, some of whom wouldn’t have survived if they hadn’t been evacuated. For these actions, Ed was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on July 16, 2001, by President George W. Bush for his “conspicuous gallantry” during his many rescue missions. .

Ed passed away on August 20, 2008 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 80 years old. 
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In March 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the U.S. Postal Service facility located at 103 West Main Street in McLain, Mississippi, as the ‘Major Ed W. Freeman Post Office’. 
Veterans Day

Veterans Day FREE Meals 2012

Looking for Veterans Day Free Meals 2013?  Visit: The Military Wallet

The following establishments are soon to be offering FREE or discounted MEALS to U.S. Military Veterans on or around Veterans Day 2012. 

All locations require either a Military ID or other proof of military service such as a U.S. Uniform Service ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current Leave and Earnings statement, a veterans organization membership I.D. card such as American Legion or VFW, or a DD214.

Please Note: Some of the long-time annual participants listed have yet to release their 2012 details and links, so keep checking back for updates as we get closer to Veterans Day 2012.  Also, please note that virtually all of these Veterans Day meals do not include a beverage or a tip for your server.  Please be kind and remember to thank your servers as they thank you.

Applebee’s– Sunday, November 11th 2012 Choose a free meal from this special Veteran’s Day menu that includes steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, salad, and more.  Find locations: http://applebees.com/.

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Bar Louie – Sunday November 11th, and Monday November 12th: Free meal (Up to $11) Active duty military members and veterans can receive a free meal, up to $11 in value, and a free non-alcoholic beverage. Available at all locations, military ID or proof of service is required. See FaceBook page for more info.

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Chili’s – Sunday, November 11th, 2012 from 11am until 5pm Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 8 entrees including the Oldtimer with cheese, Chicken Crisps, Margarita Grilled Chicken, Classic Full Turkey sandwich, Lighter Choice Chicken Salad, Soup and Salad Combo, Cajun Chicken Pasta, or the Bacon/Chicken/Ranch Quesadilla at participating Chili’s in the U.S. Dine-in only; beverages not included.  Find locations.

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Denny’s Veterans Day All You Can Eat Pancakes, Monday, November 12th, 2012 to any veteran with valid Military I.D. from 6:00am – 10:00pm.

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Famous Dave’s – Veterans Day 2012:  Free Two Meat Salute or 25% off or $10 off your meal depending upon location.  Offer varies by location, please call your local restaurant for more information.

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Golden Corral – Free meal, Monday Nov. 12th, 2012: The 11th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 4 pm to 9 pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. For more information visit http://www.goldencorral.com/military/.

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Hooters – 10 Free Boneless Wings, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel.  Drink purchase required. Offer valid at participating Hooters.  For more information, visit  HootersVeteransDay.com.

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Veterans Day Free MealsHyVee - Free Breakfast Monday, November 12, 2012. Choose from a wide variety of breakfast foods set out on a buffet.  In-store dining only.

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Veterans Day Free MealsKrispy Kreme – Free doughnut and small coffee Sunday November 11th. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans.  Call ahead to verify.
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Veterans Day Free Meals
Little Caesar’s – Free Crazy Bread Monday, November 12th 2012
To be eligible for the free Crazy Bread, you must show valid ID, DD-214 or veterans designation on the drivers license. Call ahead to determine if your local store is participating.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012, participating Max & Erma’s locations are serving a free cup of Tortilla Soup or side Caesar Salad, Cheeseburger, fries and chocolate chip cookie. View locations
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McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – Sunday, November 11th, 2012: Veterans will be able to choose a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée & must provide proof of military service. Valid at participating restaurants only.  M&S Veterans Appreciation Event.

Free entrees available on Sunday, Nov. 11 are Olive Garden’s cheese ravioli; spaghetti with meat sauce; chicken parmigiana; seafood alfredo; or grilled sausage and peppers rustica.  If a lighter meal is preferred, customers with proper military ID can order free unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks.

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Outback Steakhouse – Sunday November 11th and Monday November 12th: Outback Steakhouse® will give a Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a Coca-Cola® beverage on November 11-12, 2012 in celebration of Veterans Day. Then continues with the Military Mates 10% Off Discount from November 13-December 31, 2012.  http://outback.com/companyinfo/veteransday.aspx.

Red Robin – Monday, November 12th , 2012 all Red Robin guests with a military ID or in military uniform will receive a Free Red’s Tavern Double (styled or classic) and Bottomless Steak Fries. Red Robin is also partnering with Heinz to benefit the Wounded Warrior project.  Whenever a guest scans the QR code on the Heinz ketchup bottles in restaurants or from the fabric banners displayed; guests can send a thank you note.  For every thank you note received Heinz will donate $1.00 to the Wounded Warrior project.  Red Robin will match up to $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior project.

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Texas Roadhouse – Sunday November 11th: Every Texas Roadhouse location is offering free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces. ID Required. Watch the Texas Roadhouse Veterans Day page .

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T.G.I. Friday’s – Monday, November 12th 2012: Free Lunch from 11-2 from the lunch menu.  Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service.  Only valid at participating locations. Find a location near you at  TGIFridays.com.

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Twin Peaks, Sunday November 11th, 2012: Free entrée for service men and women (up to $10). Good for veterans and active service personnel with valid ID or proof of service. Dine in only. Find a location.

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Uno Chicago Grill, Sunday November 11th and Monday November 12th. UNO Chicago Grill is offering veterans and active military members a free entrée or individual pizza with the purchase of an entrée or pizza of equal or greater value. Military ID or proof of service is required, but no coupon is needed. more…

Free Museum Admission for Active Duty Military

LogoThanks to the Blue Star Families Museums Initiative, more than 1,600 museums across the country offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families in a summer program that runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day nationwide.

To view the complete list of participating museums visit the Blue Star Museums Website: http://www.nea.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index2012.php

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable through programs and partnerships like Operation Honor Cards, MilKidz Club and Blue Star Museums.

Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and the civilians who strongly support them. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit http://www.bluestarfam.org.