VN Medal of Honor given today

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    (7/16/01 2:55:16 pm)
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    CBS neen news ran an article today (very short, of course) about two VN vets finally getting the MOH they were recommended for. They are:
    Medic Alfred Rascon, Laurel MD (no rank given)
    Capt. Ed Freeman, Boise, ID (Chopper pilot)

    There is a short article on each on CBS new web site, second page.

    I found no mention on ABC/NBC/CNN/Fox. Lots about Chandra Levy and Robert Downey Jr, but nothing about the people who really count!! That really pisses me off!!!

    Edited by: nighthawk at: 7/16/01 3:59:14 pm

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    (7/16/01 3:16:40 pm)
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    Well, as the old adage, smut, dirt, and gossip sells. Remember the stuff that was posted about a newspaper (I think in Ohio) which didn't even pay homage to veterans on Memorial Day. The "news" about a couple Vietnam veterans receiving the Medal of Honor is not something most left wing media sources want to devote much time and space to..............ever so sad. Probably like our past president, most media loathe the military.......particularly those associated with the Vietnam era.........even sadder.

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    (7/16/01 4:15:17 pm)
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    I listen to CNN on the car radio and they did have a report about the pilot getting the MOH. He flew his chopper in to a firefight 21 times to get the wounded out. I don't recall hearing about the medic. God bless both!

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    (7/17/01 1:02:57 am)
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    That's wonderful news, Stan H.!


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    (7/17/01 5:56:45 pm)
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    With you on the kudo's for the recipients. Man I hope they weren't posthumous! Anyone know about that?

    And a kudo to those that recognize the liberal press for their smokey obviouses.

    ...and two hard boiled eggs.

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    (7/17/01 10:38:30 pm)
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    Alfred Rascon was a SP4 in the 173rd Airboprne and received his MOH in Feb of 2000. It was presented by Slick Willy! Now ain't that ironic?
    I have not been able to find CPT. Freeman.

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    (7/17/01 11:30:49 pm)
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    sorry about the mix up,,,i found the info on CBS news web page,,
    Shadow, it did not say what unit Cpt Freeman, just that he was a chopper jockey and did his deed in th Ia Drang,,,65 I think,,,not sure, but it should be verifible.

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    (7/18/01 9:59:07 am)
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    Maybe CPT Freeman just got his. Can't find him on any of the sites yet!
    I think that its about time they received their due. Very brave and honorable men.
    Thanks for bringing it up Nighthawk

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    (7/18/01 3:19:45 pm)
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    Real good to see ya Shadow. Hope ya come around more often to do some postin bud. Lots of new faces about camp here... I could mention the fact that they ain't much to look at...but I won't)...anyways, have at some stories Dan.

    cya on the flip.
    ...and two hard boiled eggs.

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    (7/18/01 4:12:48 pm)
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    Just received this via email...Prez. Bush's speech and presentation of the MOH to Capt. Freeman.

    For Immediate Release July 16, 2001

    The East Room

    9:35 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Please be seated. Good morning, and welcome to
    the White House. Today, for the first time, I will present the Medal
    of Honor. It's a unique privilege to present the nation's highest
    military distinction to Ed Freeman, of Boise, Idaho. This moment is
    well-deserved and it's been long in coming.

    Our White House military unit is accustomed to a lot of great events,
    but I can assure you they started this day with a great sense of
    anticipation. After all, they know how rare this kind of gathering is
    and what it means -- to be in the presence of one who has won the
    Medal of Honor is a privilege; to be in the room with a group of over
    50 is a moment none of us will ever forget. We're in the presence of
    more than 50 of the bravest men who have ever worn the uniform. And I
    want to welcome you all to the White House. (Applause.)

    It's an honor, as well, to welcome Barbara -- a name I kind of
    like -- (laughter) -- Ed's wife, along with his family members and
    members of his unit from Vietnam. As well, I want to welcome the Vice
    President, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans
    Affairs, the Chief of the Joint Chiefs, as well as members of the
    Joint Chiefs. I want to welcome Senator McCain. I want to welcome
    Senator Craig, Congressman Otter and Congressman Simpson from the
    delegation of Idaho. I want to welcome you all.

    It was in this house in this office upstairs that Abraham Lincoln
    signed into law the bills establishing the Medal of Honor. By a
    custom that began with Theodore Roosevelt, the Medal of Honor is to be
    presented by the President. That duty came to Harry S. Truman more
    than 70 times. He often said that he'd rather wear the medal than to
    be the Commander in Chief. Some of you might have heard him say
    that. (Laughter.) Perhaps you were also here on May 2, 1963, when
    John F. Kennedy welcomed 240 recipients of the Medal of Honor.

    By all rights, another President from Texas should have had the
    honor of conferring this medal. It was in the second year of Lyndon
    Johnson's presidency that Army Captain Ed Freeman did something that
    the men of the 7th Calvary have never forgotten. Years pass, even
    decades, but the memory of what happened on November 14, 1965 has
    always stayed with them.

    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 a
    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

    That story began with the 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 at the controls flew through the gunfire not once, not 10
    times, but at least 21 times. That single helicopter brought the
    water, ammunition and supplies that saved many lives on the
    ground. And the same pilot flew more than 70 wounded soldiers to

    In a moment we will hear the full citation, in all its heroic
    detail. 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 one in six 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 Seavers, I now ask you to read this citation of the
    newest member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. And it
    will be my honor to give him his first salute.

    (The citation is read.) (The Medal of Honor is presented to
    Captain Ed W. Freeman.) (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: We'll see you for a reception. Thank you all for

    9:51 A.M. EDT