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Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Ed ("Too Tall") Freeman of Boise died Wednesday
Idaho Statesman ^ | 8/20/2008 | Katy Moeller

Posted on 08/20/2008 2:56:12 PM PDT by Domandred

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Ed Freeman of Boise died Wednesday morning, according to a friend of the Freeman family. He was 80 years old.

-- SNIP --

As a flight leader and second in command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, he supported a heavily engaged infantry battalion at Landing Zone X-Ray in the la Drang Valley.

(Excerpt) Read more at idahostatesman.com ...


TOPICS: Announcements; Miscellaneous; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: ladrang; medalofhonor; moh; nocinmoh; obituary; tootall; veteran; weweresoldiers
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1 posted on 08/20/2008 2:56:13 PM PDT by Domandred
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Ping


2 posted on 08/20/2008 2:56:38 PM PDT by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: Domandred

RIP.


3 posted on 08/20/2008 2:56:52 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Domandred

Sgt. MacKenzie

Lay me doon in the caul caul groon
Whaur afore monie mair huv gaun
Lay me doon in the caul caul groon
Whaur afore monie mair huv gaun

When they come a wull staun ma groon
Staun ma groon al nae be afraid

Thoughts awe hame tak awa ma fear
Sweat an bluid hide ma veil awe tears

Ains a year say a prayer faur me
Close yir een an remember me

Nair mair shall a see the sun
For a fell tae a Germans gun

Lay me doon in the caul caul groon
Whaur afore monie mair huv gaun
Lay me doon in the caul caul groon
Whaur afore monie mair huv gaun
Whaur afore monie mair huv gaun
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone

When they come I will stand my ground
Stand my ground I’ll not be afraid

Thoughts of home take away my fear
Sweat and blood hide my veil of tears

Once a year say a prayer for me
Close your eyes and remember me

Never more shall I see the sun
For I fell to a Germans gun

Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
Where before many more have gone

In memory of
Sgt. Charles Stewart Mackenzie, Seaforth Highlanders.
Who, along with many others,
gave up his life so that we could live free.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Written by Joe Kilna MacKenzie, this song is dedicated to the memory of his late Grandfather, Sgt. MacKenzie. This song was featured in the Hollywood movie, “We Were Soldiers” Directed by Randall Wallace & starring Mel Gibson.


4 posted on 08/20/2008 2:59:18 PM PDT by pipecorp ( Al Lahsucks (boat steersman ) hell)
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To: Domandred

RIP Too Tall...MGRYIS.


5 posted on 08/20/2008 3:02:50 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: pipecorp

http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?video_id=bLj7-97WdD4&rel=1&eurl=http%3A//www.clannandrumma.com/footage.html&iurl=http%3A//i3.ytimg.com/vi/bLj7-97WdD4/default.jpg&t=OEgsToPDskKBk9J7o9cnePFwYwLUlFEC&use_get_video_info=1&load_modules=1

Hopefully a link to Clan an Drumma.... Playing Sgt Mackenzie in a march as opposed to the ballad as performed at Loon Mountain at the NH highland games...


6 posted on 08/20/2008 3:05:03 PM PDT by pipecorp ( Al Lahsucks (boat steersman ) hell)
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To: Domandred

Citation: Captain Ed W. Freeman, United States Army, distinguished himself by numerous acts of conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary intrepidity on 14 November 1965 while serving with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). As a flight leader and second in command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, he supported a heavily engaged American infantry battalion at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam. The infantry 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 experienced a much greater loss of life. After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area due to intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing life-saving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously 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 200 meters 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.

7 posted on 08/20/2008 3:15:31 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Domandred
Ed Freeman, Medal of Honor recipient and one of America's finest.

God Bless him and his family.

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8 posted on 08/20/2008 3:17:07 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: pipecorp

And portrayed by Greg Kinnear?


9 posted on 08/20/2008 3:18:19 PM PDT by vigilence
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To: vigilence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzlcajAiBps&feature=related
A BETTER RENDITION

Yes, I believe you are correct.


10 posted on 08/20/2008 3:23:00 PM PDT by pipecorp
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Dear Lord, let me live up to the standard that my American hero predecessors have left for me.

Not that I can be a hero, like our missing soldier, but I would have fed the tip of the spear a really great meal.

God bless the men that fly and fight.

/johnny

11 posted on 08/20/2008 3:23:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: pipecorp; vigilence
In the movie We Were Soldiers Ed "Too Tall" Freeman was played by Mark McCracken. Greg Kinnear portrayed Maj. Bruce "Snake" Crandall.

Greg got more screen time where most of "Too Tall"s screen time was over "Snake"'s radio.

If I recall, Ed Freeman received his Medal of Honor several years before Bruce Crandall did.

Bruce Crandall finally received his in Feb 2007 and there was much talk about it here at FR when it happened.

12 posted on 08/20/2008 3:31:11 PM PDT by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: vigilence
And portrayed by Greg Kinnear?

Ed Freeman was played by Mark McCracken: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0277434/fullcredits#cast

Kinnear played Major Bruce "Snakesh*t" Crandall.

13 posted on 08/20/2008 3:31:33 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Domandred; mystery-ak; mike1sg; STARWISE; DollyCali
God bless him.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Moore: You're a pilot?

Freeman: Yes, sir. "Too Tall".

Moore: I can see that.

Freeman: You call, we haul.


14 posted on 08/20/2008 3:31:34 PM PDT by silent_jonny (God's Got It)
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To: Domandred

Thanks for the correction. :)


15 posted on 08/20/2008 3:34:03 PM PDT by pipecorp
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To: DuncanWaring
After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area due to intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing life-saving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously 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 200 meters of the defensive perimeter where heavily committed units were perilously holding off the attacking elements.

Key passage in bold.

16 posted on 08/20/2008 3:40:48 PM PDT by packrat35 (If mccain is the answer-it must have been a REALLY stupid question)
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To: packrat35

Good point.

Nice embedded euphemism “...heavily committed units...”.


17 posted on 08/20/2008 3:45:02 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Domandred

Prayers up, RIP...


18 posted on 08/20/2008 4:00:10 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - CTHULHU/NYARLATHOTEP'08 = Nothing LESS!!!)
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To: Domandred; ALOHA RONNIE

Rest In Peace, Capt. Freeman, and prayers for your family.


19 posted on 08/20/2008 4:03:39 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (College kid: "Do you have a minute for Obama?" NVA: "Not now or ever.")
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To: Domandred
Wasn't this one on the men who was involved in the real.

We Were Soldiers.....

20 posted on 08/20/2008 4:04:25 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E. That spells free. freerepublic.com baby)
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To: pipecorp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WDrbbtaO0E


21 posted on 08/20/2008 4:05:14 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E. That spells free. freerepublic.com baby)
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To: Domandred

Mansions of the Lord mp3.


"The Mansions of the Lord"
Words by Randall Wallace

To fallen soldiers let us sing
where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
to the mansions of the Lord

No more bleeding no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
just divine embrace, eternal light
in the mansions of the Lord

Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard tho the angels sleep
All through the ages safely keep the mansions of the Lord

22 posted on 08/20/2008 4:07:24 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (College kid: "Do you have a minute for Obama?" NVA: "Not now or ever.")
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To: Domandred
From the book "We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young" ... p 108
"Captain Ed Freeman, thirty-six, fought on Pork Chop Hill in Korea as an enlisted man and won a battlefield commission there. At six feet six inches, Freeman was four inches taller than the maximum height limit for Army pilots at the time he went to flight school, hence his nickname: 'Too Tall to Fly.' Crandall and Freeman had been a close team for years, sharing flying duties over some of the world's toughest terrain. Together they had flown the Arctic, the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa, and the jungles of Central and South America on mapping missions for the Army. The only thing the two of them were ever known to argue about was which of them was the second-best helicopter pilot in the world. Pop Jekel describes the Too Tall Ed of that era as 'a good old shit-kicker whose poker winnings could pay off half the national debt.'"

...p 109

"We started receiving heavy fire on our approach [into the emergency LZ]. I [Crandall] notified Big Ed and he calmly came back with: 'Roger. What do you want me to do about it, Snake? I kind of thought this might happen.'"


23 posted on 08/20/2008 4:22:07 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (College kid: "Do you have a minute for Obama?" NVA: "Not now or ever.")
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To: Domandred; DuncanWaring

Thanks for posting the citation also. The newspaper article was way too short, but what do you expect from the media. Not that I was much better. I just about passed on reading the post, like it would take too much time out of my retired person busy day. I almost forgot that I need to honor these people by at least paying attention for a few moments.

I think his bravery is specially note worthy, because at 38 you are supposed to understand that you are probably going to get killed doing this sort of stuff.


24 posted on 08/20/2008 4:22:10 PM PDT by Retain Mike
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To: Domandred
Pity the wretches of humanity who think their freedom has no cost, they will forever remain in the shadow of better men who paid its price.

Sadly, we have lost another of those better men. Hooo AH, Sir! Rest in Peace.

25 posted on 08/20/2008 5:16:56 PM PDT by Feckless (En Temps)
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To: Domandred; pipecorp; NonValueAdded; All

TAPS

RIP Capt Ed "Too Tall" Freeman
Medal of Honor Recipient


Sgt MacKenzie

26 posted on 08/20/2008 7:43:15 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Domandred

Fly? He had to fly. Probably had trouble walking. ;-)


27 posted on 08/20/2008 7:48:40 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: All; Domandred; Anita1; do the dhue; Lexington Green; txradioguy; Kathy in Alaska

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NEVER FORGET

.

ED ..’TOO TALL’.. FREEMAN =

.

‘WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE and YOUNG’

http://www.lzxray.com

.

‘WE ARE SOLDIERS STILL: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam’

http://www.WeAreSoldiersStill.com
(Book released yesterday..!)

.

NEVER FORGET

.


28 posted on 08/20/2008 7:50:10 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Domandred; ALOHA RONNIE; Kathy in Alaska; All

Sad Regards

alfa6 ;>}

29 posted on 08/20/2008 7:59:50 PM PDT by alfa6 (One mans magic is another mans engineering... L.L.)
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To: All; Kathy in Alaska; mdcrandall; Calpernia; smoothsailing; reformjoy; kristinn; ...

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..ED ..’TOO TALL’.. FREEMAN = MEDAL OF HONOR..

..& Battle of IA DRANG-1965 Huey Helicopter Wingman to:

..BRUCE CRANDALL = MEDAL OF HONOR..

http://www.ArmchairGeneral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48215

.

..”NEVER, ever, leave your Wingman”...

PERSONIFIED.

.


30 posted on 08/20/2008 8:08:59 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; alfa6

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NEVER FORGET

.

CLARITY =

MEL’s -PASSION- sparked by -WE WERE SOLDIERS-

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1085111/posts

.

NEVER FORGET

.


31 posted on 08/20/2008 8:37:26 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Domandred

Prayers Up...

GOD Bless...

Welcome Home...


32 posted on 08/20/2008 8:49:15 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: All; Domandred; Anita1; pipecorp; Jeff Head; Richard Poe; backhoe; Rush Limbaugh; Carl/NewsMax; ...

.

http://www.Freerepublic.com/~aloharonnie/

http://www.Freerepublic.com/~anita1/

.


33 posted on 08/20/2008 9:23:19 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Domandred
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34 posted on 08/20/2008 9:35:33 PM PDT by barker (Don't know how I got so cold. I just wanna feel something.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Thank you for posting his Citation. God Bless You Captain Ed Freeman.


35 posted on 08/20/2008 9:40:51 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: eyedigress

I am not big on posting comments on the internet but I wanted to send out a warm thanks from our family. We truly appreciate all of the love and support everyone has shown us through this difficult time. He is in a better place flying a helicopter raising hell somewhere right now!!!

Thanks again!


36 posted on 08/20/2008 10:01:33 PM PDT by alsotall
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To: alsotall

The Military Family is huge and we all fight the same fight. God Bless You and the loss of a true inspirational leader and Patriarch.


37 posted on 08/20/2008 10:06:40 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Thanks for the ping.
Here’s an interesting link:
http://www.mishalov.com/Freeman.html


38 posted on 08/21/2008 6:49:29 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Democrat, a synonym for Traitor)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
From the biography of Capt. Freeman in the book "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young"
"He was first sergeant of Bravo Company, 36th Engineer Battalion and one of 14 men in his 257-man company who survived the opening stages of the fight for Pork Chop Hill. His lieutenant's bars were pinned on by General James Van Fleet and, at Freeman's request, his first assignment was as commander of Bravo Company. Freeman reconstituted the unit and led it back up Pork Chop."
Many of us got to know "Too Tall" from the "We Were Soldiers" movie but, as Paul Harvey would say, "Now you know the rest of the story."
39 posted on 08/21/2008 7:18:41 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Rest In Peace, Capt. Ed "Too Tall" Freeman (1928-2008))
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To: Domandred

God bless a true hero.


40 posted on 08/21/2008 11:55:45 AM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: vigilence

No, Greg Kinnear played Major Bruce Crandall.


41 posted on 08/21/2008 3:27:08 PM PDT by quikdrw (Life is tough....it's even tougher if you are stupid.)
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To: Domandred

btt


42 posted on 08/21/2008 8:57:51 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: All; Domandred; Anita1

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NEVER FORGET

.

JOE GALLOWAY: Farewell to an American Hero

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2065754/posts

.

NEVER FORGET

.


43 posted on 08/22/2008 6:19:34 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; Domandred

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NEVER FORGET

.

Medal of Honor veteran dies in Idaho

http://www.ArmchairGeneral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66871

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NEVER FORGET

.


44 posted on 08/22/2008 7:38:12 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; silent_jonny

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NEVER FORGET

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Where ED ‘Too Tall’ FREEMAN flew in Vietnam, exactly:

(Photos)
http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_set1.htm
http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_set2.htm
http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_set3.htm

.

NEVER FORGET

.


45 posted on 08/22/2008 7:42:09 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Domandred

May the Lord comfort and console his family.


46 posted on 08/22/2008 7:53:11 AM PDT by Salvation (<a href="http://www.universalis.com/20080821/vespers.htm">)
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To: packrat35
Key passage in bold.

That's what I saw, too. The secret is, though, that Capt. Freeman knew he was completely safe: ground fire would have been completely blocked by his humungous set of brass balls.

47 posted on 08/22/2008 7:57:51 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Condolences Ronnie. I was with Co H 75th Rangers attached to the first Cav.
I played Lay me Down and Garyowen as a memorial to the good Major.

Garyowen Ronnie

Steve Smith


48 posted on 08/22/2008 9:13:59 PM PDT by jokar (The Church age is the only time we will be able to Glorify God, http://www.gbible.org)
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To: alsotall; All

Kinda cool how the families of fallen soldiers who are honored on here, find their way here to express their thanks to us.

Thank YOU for being part of his family.

I can only hope to maybe become part of the brotherhood that is the United States Military.


49 posted on 08/22/2008 10:41:24 PM PDT by wastedyears (Show me your precious darlings, and I will crush them all)
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To: DuncanWaring

Thank you.


50 posted on 08/23/2008 1:46:30 PM PDT by mbj
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